Into The Light
I turned 41 last week.
I seem to become more thoughtful and reflective than usual when a birthday approaches, and this habit lingers in the weeks following. As this earthly time ticks away, going faster and faster with each precious year, my mind meanders through those questions:
Will I ever do this? Will I ever achieve that? Will these eyes ever see that far away place I have dreamed of since I was a child?
Will the rest of my life be blessed with good, stable health? Or will it always be the same?
The leash of illness has felt awfully, painfully tight of late. In times like these all my heart longs to do is turn to something much bigger than myself; to lay my eyes upon miracles and unspeakable beauty, things that even the most poetic verse simply cannot touch.
So to celebrate, I spent a gorgeous late morning with my husband at Muir Woods. The California Redwood is something that truly needs to be seen in one’s lifetime; photography and brilliant words are not enough to capture their majesty. Hundreds of feet high, centuries and sometimes thousands of years old, sunlight shining through them as if the gracious hand of God is reaching down, they possess a calm and peace that cannot be described, it can only be felt as you stand, so diminutive at their feet.
I could hear the gentle, comforting rush of a creek. I could see a tiny fawn feeding within feet of its gorgeous mother. And I thought to myself that these very same things~water slipping over grey, cold rocks and a family of deer eating peacefully in the shadow of these giants~perhaps happened in this very same spot centuries and maybe even a thousand years ago. Before modern people and modern life.
And these very same things will happen long after we are gone.
909 AD: A tree is born
1100 AD: Building of cliff dwellings begins~Mesa Verde, Colorado
1325 AD: Aztecs begin construction of Tenochtitlan, Mexico
1492 AD: Columbus sails to America
1607 AD: Jamestown, Virginia founded by English colonists
1776 AD: The Declaration of Independence
1849 AD: The California Gold Rush
1908 AD: Muir Woods National Monument established
1930 AD: Tree falls
Experiences like this always make me feel the same.
I am really, really glad that I was born.
And I’m really, really glad that I am here.
I cannot think of a greater gift.
The light will come and find you. You only need to bring the mind to rest. ~ Fay Hart