In recent weeks, I have been able to go on several walks and hikes around Anchorage. A gorgeous trail made me think of two of my favorite things in nature—first sunlight in the morning and the sound of rushing water.
My home at Perryton, in the Texas Panhandle, has some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises. So often when I am home, I take for granted the beauty God gives me on a nearly daily basis. My time in Alaska has reminded me of how awesome that is. While I have no shortage of sunlight—and I love it—I have seen only one sunset while I have been here and no sunrises.
On the other hand, my recent hike was the first time I have ever heard rushing water. I have seen creeks, lakes and even the ocean. But to see and hear the rushing water was a new amazing experience. I think I love the rushing water so much because I have had so little exposure to it. I have always loved rain, but to see the power of tons of water rushing through such a small space is outstanding. I can’t even explain how I felt watching the power of the water move under my feet.
God reminds me of these two parts of nature. He is like the sunlight that is always there even when I can’t see it. So often, the most beautiful time of day is right before or after the darkest part. But even when it is dark, the sun is still there revealing itself to someone somewhere else.
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
Sarah Miller, a student a Texas A&M University, is serving in Anchorage, Alaska, with Go Now Missions.