A life-long dream came true as I was lowered into the dormant belly of the Brihnukagigur Volcano outside of Reykjavik, Iceland in September. Having reached the volcano floor 400 feet below the opening, I silently contemplated the environment created more than 4,500 years before. Even though artificial lighting shone, it was dark, damp, even dangerous. I was overwhelmed as I witnessed what seemed unimaginable, yet possible, creatively charged, and generally unseen. I gave myself over to wonder, trusting its power to inspire my life, prayer, and ministry.
Creator, the dark volcanic crater filled me with wonder soaked in gratitude, excitement, and awe. Being in the dark crater of my healing body feels very different. I know it doesn’t need to. Help!
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 (NRSV)
Invitation to Pray:
What perspective have you lost since finding yourself inside an unknown crater of life experience? What do you want to say to God?
The Brihnukagigir Volcano, Iceland. For more information about visiting the volcano, see Inside the Volcano. You may also want to read Maack, Kristjan. 2015. Brihnukagigur. The Inside of a Volcano. Reykjavik, Iceland: Self-Published.
Jill’s Spill in Iceland