words, pictures,
incomplete thoughts, notes ...
from my journey


Today was a very full, long, early, and g o o d day.

2:20am -woke up

From there on commenced one of the busiest and FULL daylight-houred days. It included (but was not limited to) a flight, four back to back to back to back high school visits alternating back and forth to opposite sides of Hilo, returning a malfunctioning rental car, and even the swimming of laps in a pool with a side of laundry.

But between the wake up and the jump start of the work day, I experienced my first sunrise over the Pacific through eyes that could barely break open. Cobalt skies were illuminated slowly by the rising sun peeking over the horizon and eventually revealed a sea of clouds streaming below me and the second plane out of O’ahu this morning. There were whole communities and countries of clouds in innumerable shapes and sizes.

My eyes had trouble focusing at first, but the scene was just too awe-inspiring to turn away from. I soon found myself daydreaming about sleeping on a cloud or dancing across one. That’s when I noticed it: every single cloud was different. Now there were millions upon millions of them. And as the sun rose even the slightest bit higher, the details of each cloud became more defined. Each one was beautiful and unique -no other cloud across the entire sky matched another. And each cloud even glowed in the sun’s light … absorbing and reflecting rays.

Our God is a God of detail,was the reminder for me this morning.

They were clouds -a big fluff of condensed water vapor floating around. God took time to make each individually… to make each of them stand out in their own way, and they’re just clouds! Every detail about each of us is purposeful and just for us. We don’t fully match ANYone because our purpose is unique.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? -Matthew 6:30

There’s so much more to say within this, but I can’t put it into words quite yet.

Despite my loss for description, I encourage you to catch a sunrise soon. Watch the sky illuminate and allow yourself to be warmed and shone upon. Let the Son highlight your details, the ones you like and the ones you don’t. Let yourself absorb His light and don’t be afraid reflect it onto others in the ways you were meant to. You’re special. You’re unique. You’re you and Praise God you are!

If I could only see that familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes
How happy I’d be -Roy Orbison Blue Bayou