The last several weeks of 30 below wind chills, snow drifts and ice- covered parking lots has inspired me to stay home, stay warm and get the creative writing juices flowing. Kudos to my husband Steve who has invested hours of his time setting up a website/blog for me. He’s the tech guy in this family. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I wasn’t even sure I really needed to do this, but he’s been insistent. Sometimes it just takes a good husband to come alongside and encourage, or should I say prod? He has also taken on the challenge of scanning hundreds of photos I’ve taken over the years and trying to put them into some semblance of order and format. Check out my website; a work in progress.
One of the first things I needed to do was choose a photo as a header for my website. I was instinctively drawn to a photo of Mt. Rainier I had taken on a trip to Washington state to visit my west coast family. My cousin Dave and his wife Diana had driven me to Mt. Rainier National Park for a fun outing. As the day progressed, the clouds and mist began to roll in and completely obscure any view of this majestic peak. We stopped and did some hiking, and took some time to visit with the many tourists from around the world who were standing around the lookout sites hoping the clouds might part.
We stopped in at the visitor center and found our way to an auditorium where they were showing a documentary film about the history of the park. I remember sitting there thinking how much I wanted to see what was behind that veil of clouds. I just breathed a simple prayer, “Lord, just a glimpse, that’s all I’m asking, just a glimpse.”
A short time later we were back on another trail, admiring the profusion of beautiful wildflowers. Then it happened. For a brief 60 seconds at the very most, the clouds parted and we stood transfixed, gazing at the power and majesty before us. Just as quickly as the clouds had opened, the mists rolled in again and the vision departed. However, it didn’t totally vanish, as it now heads my website/blog and hangs in the art gallery of my mind, a forever memory that inspires me still to this day. The documentary described it well, “There are some places that linger long over your soul.” I’m also reminded of another quote, from the Apostle Paul, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 Someday the clouds will roll back!