Alaska’s Mt. McKinley has a reputation for being a little shy. She only appears one day out of about twenty. The observation deck at her foot hills is lined with tourists --- some with simple cameras and others with tripods and special lenses poised and waiting for that magical moment when the clouds part and allow a glimpse of the tallest mountain peak in North America.
We were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time for such an appearance by Lady McKinley. And did she ever shine. We had to wait almost an hour for thin layers of clouds to march for review before her. As the last gray line faded and Her Majesty appeared, a hush seemed to fall over the small international gathering. We were not disappointed. Even from forty miles away, we were aware of the special occasion and filled with gratitude that, for a brief time, a treasured experience had been ours.
It was a time of looking up and drinking in the glory that could only come from our Creator, acknowledging Him and His power and feeling a quiet oneness with the Heavenly Father who calls us to be His own.
Do we have to travel thousands of miles from our homes to enjoy this time with Him? Does God only exist in one-of-a-kind experiences with nature? Not the God I’ve come to know as Father. He is always just a breath away --- “as close as the mention of His name. Jesus.”
Our pictures will allow us to share our experience with others and will be a treasured part of our vacation album. But the peace that we seek and the take-me-away moments are always at our fingertips as we allow God to speak to us through His Word, the Bible. Our side of the conversation comes through the prayers we speak to Him. And as children of God, we anticipate the day that is quickly approaching when our eyes will be drawn upward to the scene John describes, in part, in Revelation 5:11-13 (NASB):
“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads
and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and
wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.’
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth
and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,
be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.’”