Thursday, January 29, 2015


"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore."
(Psalm 125:2)

If I had to choose between the mountains and the sea, I'd pick the mountains.  I love the sea.  But it really wouldn't even be a difficult choice.  I've always been drawn to mountains.  Summer chap in the mountains of North Central Arizona... driving through the majestic Grand Teton National Park, on our way home from visiting Grandma & Grandpa White in Montana... Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado... The Grand Canyon in Arizona... the summer in college I spent 10 days camping in Yosemite National Park (sigh!).  My heart soars when I'm in the mountains.

Hawaii has mountains, too.  Waimea Canyon on Kauai (aka "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific").  Mauna Loa & Mauna Kea on the Big Island.  Haleakala on Maui.  They're all very special places.  Sacred places, even, to many in the Hawaiian community.  But the mountains I see most often on Oahu are the Koolaus.  They serve as the back-drop to the Leeward side of Oahu..  So stately.  So constant.  If you travel H3 to the windward side, however, you really get to experience the Koolaus in all their grandeur.  Towering above the inhabitants of Kailua & Kaneohe, the jagged, water-hewn cliffs are a sight to behold.

The pslamist reminds us that God surrounds us, like the mountains that surround Jerusalem.  I don't know what the mountains around Jerusalem are like.  But I do know the Koolaus.  They're awesome.  Tehy're here.  Constantly.  Comforting.  They're home.  Thank you, God, for your presence with us continually.

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