Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Creation


It's a standard family joke that years ago Catherine went on vacation for the first time and came home with 100 pictures of lava. (It certainly wasn't 100, but I admit a trifle too many) What befuddled me greatly, was that no one, and I mean NO ONE seemed to see the absolute magic captured on film. The day I hiked miles over nothing but black hardened lava in the very hot and humid Hawaiian sun, to suddenly see, smell and hear the magnificence of a hot lava flow, will always be one of my favorite days on earth. I watched the black lava about two feet high and several feet long, slowly move like an awakening dragon, twisting and rolling over itself, then suddenly turning a scorching red pouring over the earth, only to quickly turn darkest black again. It's movements were wildly unpredictable and exciting as it crackled and hissed. Suddenly, I had an amazing thought wash over me - I was witnessing creation. Creation happening at it's very most elemental form. It was as if I was allowed to stand near to God as He formed the earth. This black, red, hissing, oozing, boiling mass was life! The start of all life on this beautiful planet I live on. And in just a few places on earth it is still happening, and I witnessed it.

7 comments:

Michelle Streator said...

you truly have a beautiful soul and i absolutely adore you!!

Emily said...

"move like an awakening dragon!!" I love how you put that! I love the thought of witnessing creation! And I also remember going through photo, after photo, after photo-and at the time laughing and laughing, not understanding your awe in the moment.

And it is so fabulous to see Michelle!

Jessie said...

I am ashamed I haven't been to Volcano in . . . years? Could that be true? Your words are inspiring me to make another trip to Kilauea, maybe Pat is inspired enough to come along for the ride. One thing's for sure, I be thinking of you when I am there. Truly beautiful words.

angie said...

i sadly, haven't ever visited a volcano - but i do know that vinegar and red dye and baking soda make a great volcano for kids :)

Ann said...

Catherine-you write so beautifully. It's so nice to hear from you everyday--brings back so many wonderful memories! Ann "Louise"

Roy said...

Sadly this was put on the "next trip" list. Pat and Jess, lets plan and do it! Kate, love your writing, love your memories, love your ability to Laugh and smile, love you!

Jane said...

One of my favorite memories of all time is spending a week with you in Hawaii. I had no idea you are such an incredible writer. Thanks Catherine. I feel like I have you back in my life.