Last week I had to drive my kids to school, a duty that is typically my husband's job in the mornings. I'm not a fan of getting up early and usually prefer to stay at home in my jammies sipping coffee while he drives. But he was out of town so it became my job in his absence. I got up and went through the motions of breakfast and reminding kids to do the same things they have to do every morning, while packing lunches and trying to keep everyone on schedule. I wasn't paying much attention to the lightening sky outside our wndows.
But when we got into the car and turned out of our neighborhood we were greeted by the most gorgeous sunrise. We all marveled over it together, each taking turns trying to put that kind of beauty into words. We all fell short. My daughter, quick thinking girl that she is, snatched my phone from my purse and snapped these photos. Of course, they still don't do it justice. It's hard to capture the colors and expanse and lighting while zipping down the highway at a high rate of speed.
Later I came home and looked over the photos she'd taken. And I decided to share them here. Because I was glad that I caught the sunrise with my kids that morning. I was glad that driving duty fell on that day for me, that I had to get out of my comfort zone and venture into the cold darkness in order to find what waited only a few hundred feet away. I need to remember that sometimes-- that there are those moments that are waiting in the things we don't want to do. Moments that can only be found when we step out of our routine. I had to venture into the darkness in order to catch the sunrise.