I was on my way to work last week, sleepily driving south on I-5 towards Seattle. I always struggle on the way in for my first day because I have to leave at such an early, early hour. Except for 3-4 weeks in June, I always leave in the darkness. Yes, I have found myself “dozing” sort of, at times on my way to work…. so I’ve learned to periodically take DEEP breaths and stretch, even while I’m driving. Well last week, as I had the car on cruise control and all I really had to do was steer, it rose up in front of me. That gorgeous, spectacular view of Mount Rainier at sunrise. Simply stunning. And at that exact moment, when I rounded the curve and saw the mountain in all her glory, I could only think of that song we used to sing in Sunday School and church… “How Great Thou Art”….. “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed… Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee, How great Thou art How great Thou art…….”
This morning, I headed home early from work. Not enough patients mean nurses “get to” stay home – or go home, in my case. So, there I was, headed an unusual direction for me at that that time of day – North on I-5. And what should greet me, just as the sun started to come up over the Cascades? Mount Baker, in all her glory. Again, God spoke to me in
His very own way, with the majesty of His creation. Wasn’t it just yesterday, while at work, that one of my co-workers announced that she is “athiest”? I sat there in stunned silence. Amazed that anyone could live in our beautiful part of the world, and question – no, deny the existence of God – the God who is so real and so present to me.