Saturday, September 12, 2009
Dharma v Greg
Do you remember the show Dharma & Greg? I loved that show, it never got old laughing at uptight Greg and crazy, off the wall Dharma. Clint always said I was like Dharma but I always feel like ultraconservative Greg. If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it in a while, pull up a chair and watch a few episodes on youtube.
Anyway, tonight was one of those Dharma moments. I had an overwhelming "need" to see stars. Not just the few you can spot if you don't look directly at the street lights, but real live, millions of stars, so many that you really can't pick out the constellations because the others get in the way. About 8:00p I decided to throw the kid in the car and took off up the 15. After about an hour, we pulled off the freeway, and about 2 miles down a dark 2 lane road, Sierra something or other road. We pulled over in a turn off, turned off the car and the lights and suddenly it was dark! For a moment scary dark, Shaun was a little nervous. We got out of the car, shut the door, and suddenly there they were, in all their glory. It wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, there was still a lot of glow from behind the hills and cars passing by on occasion. Shaun was thrilled to see a shooting star and amazed at all the rest of them.
As we stood there, we talked about this incredible world and universe that Heavenly Father created for us. We listened to crickets-soooo many of them-and it seemed almost as if the stars twinkling made the sound. I haven't made it to the Temple since Shaun came home. Being there, surrounded by Creation, even with occasional interruptions, I found that moment I needed, just to commune. I needed that "place apart" the way the Temple is, just to think, appreciate, and talk to Him and feel His love.
We sat there about a 1/2 hour and then turned around and drove home. That was all we needed, a moment to appreciate and to feel, and then back to "civilization" and all it's neon lights.
There was one light I appreciated. Off the 91, a bright red one on the side of a building. I have often said that there are certain things that if Heavenly Father wants me to do them he needs to send me Angels and a neon sign telling me this is the path to take. Well, I haven't seen any Angels, but I have felt the Holy Ghost, and tonight there was a bright red neon sign. We'll see how it goes.
I still want to go "real" camping before it gets too cold. Maybe two weeks from last night. I'll go out Fri and come back Sat. So, I have a chance to "dance among the stars and sing within the heavens". Anyone want to join me?