June 29: I sat and shivered in my kitchen. So far, Seattle has logged one day this year 75 degrees or above. One day!!!!
I’ve had the same outfit, ready to wear for days, hanging on the pull knob of my chest of drawers. You know the one – short sleeves, a cute skirt, and open toed shoes. Not happening today I muttered to myself between sips of hot coffee as once again the weather forecaster predicted a scorching 64 degrees. I padded down the hall and into my bedroom. For a moment I considered hanging the skirt back in the closet, but instead I pushed it aside and pulled out a red sweater. The search was on for a matching skirt that didn’t scream “winter clothes” at me. I settled on the black skirt with little flowers. Flowers represent summer, right?
A few minutes later, I gave myself a nod of approval in the hallway mirror and daring the sun to shine, left my sunglasses sitting on the kitchen counter. As I pulled onto I-167 South, I noticed the overcast skies. Then I saw something else. I caught my breath. Honestly, I actually heard myself suck in a quick, sharp breath. Mount Rainier was bathed in sunlight. The entire sky was covered in clouds except for this one majestic scene. I felt the corners of my mouth involuntarily turn upwards into a smile. I studied the mountain and took in its grandeur.
As I exited and headed west, I noted to myself that the mountain stood out more than usual because it was the only thing to see. At times I’ve felt as if my entire life was cloaked in fog. Not sure what my next step should be, my only choice was to focus on God, my one source of light.
In uncertain times, I hear myself complain, “I wish God would just tell me what He wants.” I think again about Mount Rainier and how I appreciate her when all other distractions are removed. Perhaps God’s desire is for me to spend time making Him my focal point, to remember that He is my sustaining hope. For, unlike foggy days in the Northwest, when I concentrate on God, the clouds in my life dissipate and my path is made clear.
“God is the Lord, and He has given us light…” Psalm 118:27a