My Most Profound Memory of Hawaii, the Big Island
I have many, many wonderful memories from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. I was contemplating today how I might answer the question, “What is your most profound memory from the Big Island of Hawaii?”
I suppose a travel writer should be listing things like wonderful resorts, unbelievable vistas, incredible meals, and those sorts of things. And to be honest, I have a long list of such things.
But when asked the #1 thing, my mind immediately goes to gazing upon the stars from Maunakea.
For me, when I stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon, or stare at the stars from Mauna Kea, my soul immediately goes to very deep places:
- For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
- But who are you, O man!
- What’s it all about, Alfie?
I have heard it told that President Roosevelt would bring his guests to the White House lawn, and ask them to sit quietly and gaze upon the stars. Then, after a long, long silence, he would say, “now that we have ourselves properly put into perspective, let’s retire to bed”.
This is how if felt as I gazed upon the stars through perhaps the darkest place on earth, peering through the cleanest air on earth.
I stood mute in my soul before creation.
Note: This Maunakea photograph is a Creative Commons Photograph courtesy of World’s Saddest Man on Flickr.