Last week, I was treated to one of the most spectacular sights on the planet. Hawaiian volcano Kilauea spewing lava into the ocean at night. The photo above is not one I took but, similar to what I saw – rivers of lava and great plumes of steam/smoke rising as molten liquid cascaded from the descending cliffs of the island above to the cool waters of the Pacific below. It was amazing! Breathtakingly beautiful …. and, sobering. The cruise ship I was on, but, a tiny pea bobbing in the night in the middle of a vast primordial fish bowl. Talk about feeling small!
Yes, all last week, I had the pleasure of touring the islands via The Pride of America cruise ship courtesy of my mother, whose dream it has been to take her children on a very special trip before the Lord takes her home someday.
And, it was a wonderful and special trip. One I will never forget. And, an absolute escape from reality. President Obama was inaugurated for his second term. I missed it. The pesky fly that buzzed his head (once again) as he was speaking, missed that too. And, now here I am (back home again) just in time to see everyone getting pumped up for the Superbowl. And, it looks to be a doozy. Set in decadent New Orleans with brother pitted against brother, creepy Superbowl ads and sexy entertainers; this super bowl has it all! A media lovers dream come true!
Ah, yes. American football, the Superbowl; the pride of America. It all seems so important. So, necessary. We live it, we breathe it, we crave it. It’s in our blood, we’re American’s and this is our game!
In the days leading up to the Superbowl, Mercedes-Benz has been running an ad, in which, the year 2013 is shown going up in flames. And, while no one knows exactly why (yet) – it makes me think that perhaps, this time, the ship has sailed a little too close to the volcano. So, close in fact, that the fire and light (to those who do not know any better) seem like part of the show - until, it’s too late and the pride of America caught afire is reduced to cinder and ash.
*Thank you to all of you, who missed me while I was away. I apologize that I did not notify you first.
May the Lord bless and keep watch over you in these very turbulent times.
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus. And, as always ….
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper, who love thee” Psalm 122:6