When I first told people that I was traveling through the state of Idaho for a week, most responded:
Why? What’s in Idaho???
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t exactly sure myself. I had driven through it several times and was always awed by its beauty, but I wasn’t sure what else it had to offer.
But off we went, my husband and I, on an eight-day vacation. Before we left, I researched “Top ten things to do in Idaho” and at the top of the list I found Craters of the Moon National Monument.
I had never heard of it before. And after exploring it for a day, here’s what I learned:
Craters of the Moon dates back 15,000 years when lava erupted from a series of deep cracks in the earth. They formed these massive lava fields and lava tubes which are similar to caves. During our visit, we hiked over fields that reflected the fury of the lava, yet it left behind a beauty that cannot be denied.
That’s when it came to me – that’s when the lava fields reminded me of the challenges I have faced in my own life. It reminded me of the times that my life erupted in fury, spewing changes that would crack my foundation and make me doubt all that I had worked for – all that I had become. Then, with time, that fury froze. With time the scars and cracks and fierceness became something beautiful and fulfilling. It created paths that would lead me to a new life.
Just like the hot lava, when we are going through changes, we need time to see the beauty that can come from it. It’s one of the hardest things to do, but once accomplished, the most rewarding. It’s a map of where we have been and of all that we accomplished. It fills in the pieces of the puzzle that were missing, changing the scenery along the way.
The fierceness and fury flows to a new beginning, waiting to be discovered.
If you’d like to learn more about Craters of the Moon National Monument and see its beauty, check this out: https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm. It truly was a treasure to find.