The subject line used to be reserved for my third son, because I'd never seen a more angelic face in my life. I mean, all of my kids are equally as gorgeous and I really didn't mean what I just wrote.
Anyhow, I've decided to share the most coveted title in the world with this mountain, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Just look at this spectacular scenery.
No, really look at it. Contemplate standing at the base of this majestic mountain and taking in its awesome beauty.
I could have put my Yaacov's picture in here and told you to do the exact same thing, but that wouldn't make me a very good mom, would it? I mean, isn't it illegal in the parenting bylaws to admit that one kid is smarter/better looking/more well-behaved than the others?
David ran away from me last week with the excuse that he "had to work" or something lame like that. I was like, "Yeah, poor guy. You have to have a business meeting at one of the world's top ski destinations. And don't give me the nonsense that your client's company is based out of Jackson Hole!"
During the three days he was away, I sent him threatening texts warning him that he had better not even DARE think about setting foot on that ski slope! Uh, uh! If I be stuck here wit' 5 crazy kids, there ain't be no way u'z goin' skiing!
Supposedly he didn't ski, but I will never really know. I should have tracked his phone.
How gorgeous is this mountain?
Isn't it amazing how gazing at nature has the ability to bring out an awe of our Creator? Unfortunately, many people stop at nature. Meaning, they're in awe of nature itself.
But for some reason, they may not want to ask the simple question: Who created nature?
To admit that it wasn't created by some evolutionary fluke would mean that a person would have to admit that something created nature. And if something created nature, that means that there's something in charge of creation. Which would mean that if something's in charge, concepts like randomness and chance might not hold water any more.
But that's a discussion for another time.
Let's talk about the believers like you and me.
There are many times we just don't feel connected to G-d. We're down, we're burdened with life's challenges, we're uncertain about the future, and so on.
It's understandable and normal.
But you want to know a simple way to reconnect with Hashem? It's simple, really!
Just look at nature.
Take the time to notice the beauty in the details. Really look at all of the designs and shades that go into a simple flower. A butterfly's wings. The bark of a tree. A bird's coloring.
Nature is spectacular. There's no greater testimony to Hashem's Glory than nature.
And if we stop to appreciate nature, we'll get a tiny yet moving glimpse into the awesomeness of G-d. And this glimpse will take our breath away.
Yes, even you guys up north who are getting pounded with snow and ice, find something in nature that you can appreciate. Even if it's flowers at the supermarket. Anything!
Appreciating nature is such a simple and profound way to build emuna, gratitude, and awe of Hashem.
So don't wait! Find something beautiful to stare at today!
Something, not someone! You crazies, you.