The Power of Awe: A Nighttime Trek through Volcanoes National Park

Last week, I embarked on a journey that was equal parts electrifying and spiritual. I spent a few nights in the heart of one of the world’s most renowned natural phenomena – the Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii.

Volcano House
June 2023 Eruption

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Being in the heart of nature’s theatre, I felt a comforting sensation. The presence of the divine was surreal, a loving presence that held me close as I navigated closer to the new earth. Beyond the initial struggle, there was warmth and comfort. Time seemed to stop its relentless march, replaced by a serene tranquility that echoed my past experiences.

I was transported back to 2019 when God had pulled me aside for an unforgettable summer. The memories of the solitary walks and drives that year flooded back, each one a testament to the bond I had nurtured while alone with the Lord. These were the times when it was just God and me, a heavenly respite that allowed for rest and reflection.

Volcanoes National Park offered me an epiphany: these awe-inspiring moments of wonder serve as poignant reminders of God’s unwavering presence in our lives. Despite the forceful omnipotence, there was a gentle side to the Lord, always patiently waiting for us to open our hearts. A sense of immense gratitude washed over me, mirroring the immense power of the volcano that stood before me.

Hawaii Volcanoes

I felt a similar presence on that lovely night at Kilauea. I could feel the energy of the Lord, omnipotent yet gentle, resonating with the rhythm of the lava flow, coursing through the veins of the Earth and into my soul. I felt the Lord’s hand guiding me, providing me the strength to embrace the awe-inspiring spectacle before me. It was as if He had carved out this moment, just for me, for me to rest in His grace.

Witnessing the raw power and beauty of Kilauea’s eruption, I couldn’t help but marvel at the earth’s intricacies. It was a gentle reminder of our humble place in this grand design and the unfathomable magnitude of divine love that holds us all together.

The memory of Kilauea, the fire, the sky, the wind – it all lingers within me, a testament to a night where I felt closer to God than ever before. There is an inexplicable comfort in knowing that He is always there, in every gusty wind, every lava flow, and every night sky. All it requires is for us to open our hearts, lean into His embrace, and acknowledge His everlasting presence in our lives. And for this awareness, I am filled with immense gratitude.

lava silhouettes

In the vastness of the universe, amidst the molten lava and gusty winds, it’s easy to feel small. However, it’s in these moments of awe and wonder that we often find the most profound connections with the divine. The omnipotent force that governs the cosmos is the same that resides within us, ever so gently guiding us on our path. By finding solitude and tranquility in the chaotic majesty of Kilauea, I was able to not only witness God’s immense power but also his enduring gentleness and patience.

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of this. We often get so caught up in our daily routines and responsibilities that we forget to pause and reflect upon the beauty and miracles that surround us. The Kilauea eruption served as a vivid reminder of God’s unwavering presence and the extraordinary beauty that lies within His creations. It was a call to slow down, to reflect, and to appreciate the miracles that lie within every moment.


This experience served as a vital reminder of the importance of these moments of solitude, moments that God carves out for us to rest in Him. It reminded me that no matter where we are or what we’re going through, we can always find comfort and strength in His presence.

Experiences such as these, while rare and precious, are always within our reach. Whether it’s amidst the fiery dance of a volcanic eruption, the serene lull of a quiet sunrise, or even in the gentle rustling of leaves on a breezy afternoon, the divine waits patiently for us to recognize its presence.

As I continue to reflect on my Kilauea journey, I am filled with gratitude for the sacred moments of connection, introspection, and revelation it allowed me to experience. This journey was a testament to the profound impact that the divine can have on us when we take a moment to pause, open our hearts, and truly see.

May we always strive to seek such moments of solitude and divine connection in our lives. May we learn to appreciate the incredible beauty that surrounds us, and in doing so, find a deeper connection with the Lord and a greater understanding of our place in His grand design. After all, it is in these quiet moments of awe and wonder that we can truly feel the power of His love and the comfort of His embrace.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The volcanic eruption had the sky glowing red at night.

For those feeling called to experience a similar experience, I’ve created a comprehensive Volcanoes National Park Guide. This digital product, now available for download, is a distillation of my experiences, insights, and practical tips to help you make the most out of your visit. Whether you’re seeking solace, adventure, or an opportunity to reconnect with nature, this guide is your perfect companion.

Never forget that amidst the fiery trials of life, there is warmth, comfort, and the promise of spiritual rejuvenation. As I discovered during my unforgettable walk in Volcanoes National Park, God’s presence is ever-present and profoundly comforting.

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