There's a lot of advice that warns against looking back. I get it. But metaphors aside, I had a moment today on my drive back from New Jersey that was so awesome, and it involves looking back.
Lately the sunsets in Rhode Island have been exceptional. And as I was driving home, I could tell this was going to be one of them, but the dang trees! They're always in the way! And hills, too. I never had this problem in New Mexico. I kept trying to glimpse the sun, but it was difficult. The horizon was no where in sight
And then--as I was on the crest of a hill coming down--I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw the sun breaking through right above the horizon, huge and red and like something you'd see over the Serengeti (hence the cover photo). I was hoping to snap a photo of my rear view mirror, but I was too slow on the draw and then it disappeared through the landscape again.
But for that moment...it was WOW.
Joyful side note: seeing David play drums for the first time (my first time to see him, not his first time to play) was also really cool. And his church pastor in Pennington, NJ talked about Providence, RI (!!) in his sermon about going into the world to preach the good news, praying for those called into that ministry, and about God using ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Seemed like an appropriate day for me to be there!