On a recent visit to the Big Island, we left the arid, leeward coast and wound our way into the thick tropical area of Onomea Bay. On the way back we took the road to Hilo, and then ascended to the top of the island to see the volcano, Mauna Kea. The last part of our day brought us through the uplands of Waimea, and then back to Kona. bout midway through the day, we stopped at a snack shack in a tropical area. here was time to sit, talk, and have a smoothie. ll of the smoothie ingredients were growing near the shack: pineapples, bananas, all right there. This sunny yellow hibiscus was growing in the garden in front of the shack, as if to greet visitors.
The trip was diverse, to say the least. The Big Island, Hawaii, is only 93 miles long. Yet within this island, in one day, we went from very hot temperatures and dry conditions (sea level) to a humid tropical zone, and then near 13,000 feet. We experienced rain, had to wear our jackets, take off our jackets, and put on sunscreen. We were in the middle of the jungle at one moment and then in a large city shopping the next.
When we began our day in Hawaii, my husband and I knew we would have a lot of ground to cover, and that the conditions would be diverse. We prepared, packed a jacket, some snacks, made a plan, but remained flexible. The point here is that we took the journey together, the experience was worthwhile, and along the way there was beauty worth stopping to see.
To me, a journey like this is a lot like a marriage. To say that marriage is hard work is an understatement. “And the two shall become one” is a simple statement with far-reaching implications. There are good years and difficult years, for that matter, there are good days and difficult days, and sometimes it’s even a moment-by-moment thing. During the journey it will be important to take time to sit, talk and maybe have a smoothie.
This painting is dedicated to a very special couple who recently celebrated a wedding anniversary. They have built a life and a family, and seek God’s guidance daily. They have covered a lot of ground, and the conditions have been diverse at times. But like us, they have decided that the “long road to Hilo” is a worthwhile trip.
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