This is the view of the village of Papallacta. It was taken from the guest house in which we stayed. It rained almost the entire time that we were in Ecuador. Some of us started to joke that we would need to go back to Rochester in order to get some sun.Here is the guesthouse that we stayed in during most of our time in Ecuador.
Near the village of Papallacta is this huge volcano called Antisana. We were able to take a quick peek at only part of it one day while returning to Papallacta. Apparently it is quite a site to see when the clouds clear away and you can see it in it's entirety. What little I saw of it was quite breathtaking. George, our guide has used Antisana as an example of how God can seem in our lives. On most days, you cannot see Antisana. It is too cloudy. It is very easy to even forget that it exists. You can go about your daily life thinking that what you see is all there is...and you can even be mesmerized by the beauty of what is around you...sometimes thinking that is enough. The mountain range is beautiful, but when Antisana comes out...the mountains are dwarfed by it's majesty. God is the same way. He's is always there...although we cannot always see Him. Sometimes we forget that He is there, putting our attention on the things of this Earth and thinking that what we can see is all there is. The reality is is that God is so much more amazing than anything on this earth and He is always there...even on the cloudiest of days.This is a picture that I borrowed from Creative Commons. I traveled on this road every single day that I stayed in Ecuador...but never saw this mountain. I could only see the mountains in the foreground and didn't even know that Mt. Antisano was there until George told me. Don't forget that God is always there and to also remind others of His presence.
Photo by L.Marco_Ramahlo: Creative Commons.