Good-bye Big Island!

We have been home for a few days now.  The longer we have been back, the more it seems that our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was just a dream. I’m glad I took pictures so I don’t forget the things we experienced there.

I will miss falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean.

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I will miss seeing the fish and eel in the morning.

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I will miss the big trees.

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I will miss the tropical fruit.

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I will miss the purple yams.

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Although I was a little scared of the tide pool/reef area, I will miss snorkeling.

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ImageImageI will miss the beautiful and scenic areas.

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I will miss being in a convertible in 80 degree weather.

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I will miss the mongoose.

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I will miss the smell of the rainforest.

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I will miss seeing the ocean from various points on the island.

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I will miss the green lizards.

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I will even miss the “hippies.”

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Psalm 33:6-9,

“The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began!”

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

The sun

This morning I woke up hearing the rain. It was a soothing sound, but I knew I had to leave the house to run errands and it would be cold and damp outside.  The thought of getting wet and miserable made me wish for warm and sunny days. It made me think about the numerous pictures I had taken of the sunrise from various parts of the world. It’s amazing that the same sun that I see here is the same sun that I saw in Florida and the same sun that rose in Nepal.

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The sun has always been there– it’s the same sun that was there when the world first began. It made me think about Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God is consistent– He is always there. He is the same God they spoke about in the Old Testament and the One we pray to today– “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13). No matter where in the world we are, He is there. Even when it feels like He is far away, we can be reminded of His presence by looking at the sun. I then came across this other Scripture verse:

“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right” (Psalm 84:11).

On days when the sun is bright and beautiful, I am reminded of God’s constant presence in my life. He has filled a void that will never be empty again.