The cool breezes caressed my face as I gazed out through the sweeping vista, greeted with lush hues of green, yellow, and blue. This was Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai, Hawaii- the Grand Canyon of the Pacific! It was the second time I was able to see this and I was soaking in every second, relishing the grandeur and the glory. The first time was when I was 8 years old and all I desired was to go to the beach. My parents were determined to expose me to this natural wonder and after spending the obligatory few moments demonstrating to them that I was fulfilling my familial duties, I asked, “How much longer do we have to stay here?” Nearly 30 years later, I was viewing the canyon with my wife and it was truly the first time for both of us. It was the same canyon but I had changed. I now appreciated the times of reflection. I craved opportunities to travel. And I was thankful to share this moment with my wife. It was a glorious day, the way God intended His Creation to be enjoyed.
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Exodus 33:18-19 (ESV)
There are many times, especially in deep contemplation or prayer, when I have uttered this same request to God. Each time I ask, it is in the expectation that God will answer me in the manner I am accustomed to and want Him to answer. Yet, God’s Ways are not our ways. He always answers my prayers, but not always to my expectations. Like the querulous 8-year-old who did not appreciate the glory of the Waimea Canyon, I grow impatient and my faith waivers; my attention and devotion to Him erodes. I needed to change.
In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.
Acts 14:16-17 (ESV)
God continues to show His Glory to me in many different ways, but like so many times in my past, I am sometimes not ready to accept or understand His Goodness. Like the glory of the Waimea Canyon, the Glory of God has never changed, I did.
Praise God for His continued grace and mercy in my life
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.