I've never felt smaller in my entire life than when standing in the presence of Iceland's dominating landscape. The mountains and fields and cliffs all have an untamed and commanding essence and are all so unique and diverse. It's as if when God was painting the earth He used Iceland as his palette; all the mish mash of colors and beauty were stirred up on its form and then, when the rest of the earth was finished, He just set it down to float in the Atlantic. There's everything from snow covered mountains and lagoons of crystal blue glaciers to giant volcanic craters and black sand beaches -- It's Alaska meets Hawaii -- Simply stunning.
There was a moment standing on the edge of some cliffs when I experienced the thrill of feeling tiny strongly. It was on the western peninsula near a beautiful abandoned house and the waves were winning a steady battle with the rocks. They were coming in so strong and crashing up on the 30-40 foot high cliffs with such relentless energy that they nearly reached the top. The atmosphere of that place was captivating. While standing there, I felt the most clarity and peace I've felt in a long time -- a moment of total serenity. I was humbled by the thought that if I fell in, the water would give no second thought, and I'd have no chance. That wild energy made me think about how absurd it is that I so easily get wrapped up in my tiny self, and the realization of my powerlessness was freeing. The reality is we are so fragile compared to a majority of creation;
we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves.
When I close my eyes and try hard enough, I can place myself back there on those cliffs; the wind on my face and the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. I can still smell the salty ocean air, lie down in the grass and just get lost. Yet there, I'm not lost at all. Everything feels very still and I am very present, and a refrain softly sings:
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"