I knew it would be challenging. We were warned by those who had walked the same path. My mindset was a slow and steady pace. On the narrowest sections, I hunched down to lower my center of gravity. I had to stuff that fear of heights as we hiked around the face of the cliff. But oh the view, we were told.
We had two choices on this trail: the easy way or the hard way. We chose the harder way for the challenge. For the sense of accomplishment that we can still do this smack dab in the middle of our middle age. And for the practical reason to put the hard part behind us while our legs were still fresh.
To endure the trial of the trail and pop out on the bluff face was relief, followed by instant awe. My eyes couldn’t take it all in. I stood in place to simply absorb the view. Brilliant fall colors dotted the hillside. The immense blue of Lake Superior framed the view to the east.
For that moment in time, I believed it was the most beautiful place in the world. Other hikers came and went, but we didn’t want to leave. We lingered, for where could we find a better view and a more perfect day of sunshine to enjoy God’s gifts for his beloved?
God’s creation is God’s kaleidoscope of beauty: constantly changing, constantly inspiring and constantly calling us to discover the next glimpse of God’s glory. It will be on a different day at a different time in a different place with a different view. But it will still prompt me to pause and thank God all over again for his kaleidoscope of beauty in my life.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;
2 Corinthians 3:10-11
For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!