I've been thinking about something that happened while we vacationed in Maui a couple weeks ago. A perfect moment. Have you ever experienced that perfect moment when everything is peaceful, tranquil, amazingly beautiful? Or tender, sweet, lovely? I experienced a moment just like that as we were on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Before we boarded the plane to come home we booked a reservation for a dinner cruise where we would watch the whales and see the sun set. At first the ocean was a little rough. Even so the whales put on quite a show spouting, upending with their tale fins seeming to wave at us, or breaching so we could see their huge bodies and then a tremendous splash! We watched three whales swimming together, one rolling on its side, another's back coming out of the water, and yet another blowing it's spray. It was a glorious sight. Although that was pretty neat and the dinner was surprisingly good, it wasn't until the captain of the boat turned so we could watch the sun set on the horizon that everything felt just right. As the sun set over the edge of what seemed like the end of the world and the clouds lit up in glorious colors of orange and red and yellow this overwhelming feeling of peace came over me. My perfect moment. The feelings and thoughts that went through my mind at that time are too sweet and tender to adequately describe. I teared up at the beauty of the moment and I looked over at my husband and thought that this perfect moment was perfect because I was sharing it with the person I love most in all the world.
Since then I've put my thinker to the thinker test! What other perfect moments have I experienced in my life? Not surprisingly there were to many to write about! But they all have one thing in common. They happen when I am with the people I love most in this world. The birth of a baby. When all the children are getting along. Watching all the children running ahead on the hiking trail, playing, teasing, sharing the wonders of nature surrounding them. Chadwick stories. Sally and Joe stories. Watching the birth of a grandchild. Surviving Engineer Pass (Hannah and Ben know this one.)Getting down from that Pass really was a perfect moment! Or watching your child bear testimony for the first time or their tenth time... it is always the same. A perfect moment. I could go on and on.
The perfect moments we experience are different for everyone. The thing about those perfect moments is you don't know when the next when will come. But I am particularly grateful I just experienced another one to remind me about those of the past.