It’s been a while since I went out of town for an overnight stay. I guess I’ve been living in the city wayyy too long to actually kind of “forget” what it feels like to be within the comfort of a peaceful and slow-paced life.
Thursday last week, I left Manila to go on an out of town trip with a couple and our team of three photographers for an engagement shoot. There was a flurry of activity on the first day, and by the end of the day, we were beat. I chose to spend the night sleeping on the outdoors (aka the balcony) where there was an abundance of cold, crisp, fresh air. By 5:30AM, I woke up to blue skies and chirping birds. It’s the start of a brand new day, and I was excited to be part of the magnificent grand opening.
Seated on a balcony bed (if that’s what you call the sunbathing bed thing) on the third floor of the condo unit in Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas, I took in the view– vast greenery, a beautiful lake below me with a small island right smack in the center (that looks like it came right out of the cover of a book), a long hanging bridge, tops of trees right beside me, and an exquisite sky that was half pink, half blue. Daybreak began and I quietly talked to God about my life, and about many other things. It was just like He was right beside me.
As the sun ascended, bringing with it hues of pinks and peaches and yellows, I stilled myself in the presence of my Creator, listening for His voice, waiting for His quiet reply to my many words. The experience was unlike anything I have ever felt in my entire life. It was breathtaking and calming all at the same time. You see, we hear God better when we are in a quiet place.
There really is nothing better than spending quality quiet time with the Lord in the midst of His beautiful creations. I’ve read before that nature is God’s way of telling us how much He loves us. I guess it’s true, because when we see all these, we can’t help but feel His presence and His love. We appreciate nature because it is beautiful. Nature is but a mere reflection of God’s beauty, because He is a gazillion times more beautiful than what our eyes can see.
In the next few days, I’d like to share with you some of my reflections, and some of the things I have learned with my time with the Lord. Sorry about having no photos to back up my sharing. I was too taken in, I actually failed to grab my camera and capture the beauty of it all.:(
Remember, when He speaks, we listen.