Autumn is the best time of the year in Hamilton. Or so I’m told. I haven’t lived there long enough to know.

Still, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. By way of example, I hear the weather there this week has been perfect. Blue sky, pleasant breeze, short sleeves.

The central coast of New South Wales? Not so much. I thought I’d drive to Wollongong today, to admire the beautiful coastal views.

First stop: Sublime View Point.


I’ll have to take their word on it. This is the view I got:

Now I wouldn’t want to suggest that the foggy view before me represented the ambiguity of God’s love. Instead, I took it as a reminder that the love of God is something we sometimes have to take on faith. That is, although His love is constant, we don’t always experience it. Perhaps especially when we’re weighed down by shame or anger. But it’s there, and it’s real, and it’s unconditional, just like that (allegedly) sublime view, hidden by the cloud.

It could be taken another way of course. How many references are there in scripture, of clouds and the divine presence?

But do you want to know the real lesson I’ve derived from this view? If you live in Hamilton, don’t take your holidays in April!