It's truly amazing to be so blessed to come to a place like Hawaii once a year. This year, it was just my parents and I who traveled over seas to paradise. I love where I live, don't get me wrong, but there is just something truly magnificent about getting out and going somewhere completely different. This trip, my family and I went to the big island of Hawaii, specifically to Kona. We usually go to Maui, and last year we went to Kauai. Both of those islands are beautiful, but they're both a little more tourist-y. The big island has it's areas that have more people, buts it's pretty serene and peaceful. Today we went two hours south from where we were staying and found ourselves at the top of one of Hawaii's active volcanos. We hiked around and were able to see the crater that was spewing with steam and sulfur. Then we drove down a ways and were stopped when the road was blocked off. We got out and walked along an abandoned road lined with cliffs that were made out of lava, which dropped off into the rough ocean. About a mile or so up the road, we were met with cooled lava that looked like it had been poured over the land and road. It was amazing. As we've been exploring new places here throughout the week, I can't help but feel as if I've been given a breath of fresh air. All of this is here because of God's creation, and I am so thankful that I have the chance to explore the wonders of this tremendous earth that He created. Being here has humbled me so much to the fact that I am so small compared to Him. John 3:30-31 says "He must become greater, I must become less. The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all".
Sometimes it takes surrounding yourself in nature and placing yourself in front of something so much bigger to realize how small we really are, and to remember what we stand for, what our values are, and who we truly are. This trip has been so great in allowing me to get a sense of clarity in my mind, and become humble before myself and before God.
Thank you for reading!
Now go find a volcano or something ;)