|A paraglider jumps off Blanchard Mountain into the Skagit Valley in Washington State|
|Atop Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain|
|In Makaha Valley, the place I grew up in Hawaii|
|Makaha Valley Stream|
Mother and baby make the long, hard journey north to the waters off of Alaska where baby and mom can eat. It's colder and maybe not as beautiful as the clear blue ocean and skies of Hawaii, but it is where they can grow. The mother can teach her baby how to handle storms and avoid predators and they can look out for the other animals that live around them. And then the cycle can begin again with the next generation.
I know I have had lovely times where I seem to visibly recognize the hand of God directing the symphony of my life, but most of the time, stuff seems really normal and hard.
It is comforting to know that the ways God cares for us is directly reflected in the systems he has set in place in nature and that the more I learn about His creation, the more I will understand how he is working in my life. Let us all be reminded to draw on the inspiration gained on the mountaintop and keep up the hard mud-slogging work of living out life in the valley, because that can be really beautiful too.