The rugged coastline of Monterey features deep blue waters and rocks worn smooth by the pounding of waves.
The bay, sheltered from winds and weather, is a peaceful place. Across this bay lies the area of Monterey known as Cannery Row, made famous by novelist John Steinbeck.
The tip of the land curves and juts out and the restless sea bashes against the coast. Here the scene is not at all peaceful but the raw power of the water leaves us in awe.
Somehow, on the edge of this rocky land, a tree took root more than 200 years ago. It grew, seemingly out of stone, and survived in spite of great odds. Perched alone on the cliff, it’s known as the Lone Cypress. People come from all over to view this testament to tenacity.
The tree is now fenced off so visitors can’t get close, and cables secure the tree atop its rocky ledge. The Lone Cypress is obviously in a fragile spot, but still it stands tall. It reminds us that we can stay strong as troubled waters swirl all around.
Whether the day is beginning or ending, the coast of Monterey is a refreshing picture of life and hope amid chaos.
How about you? Where have you found hope for the day?