May 21, 2023.
After watching mountain scenery through various adventure films, I finally had the opportunity to climb a real mountain, specifically Mount Bromo in Malang, East Java, Alhamdulillah.
Even though I didn't get to climb to the mountain peak or see the volcanic crater, it didn't diminish my gratitude and awe for the "mountain experience." There isn't much of a journey to tell. I started the trip around 2am from the city of Malang and reached the mountain around 4.30am. We went there by Jeep! Then we walked and hiked to enjoy the sunrise and the beauty surrounding the mountain. The temperature there was extremely cold 🥶
Climbing a mountain is an experience that changes one’s perspective on life. I feel incredibly blessed to witness the beauty of the world from up there. MasyaAllah.
We are all amazed by the greatness of Allah. This situation indirectly makes me more aware that I am indeed very small in the presence of Allah. Yup! perhaps this is a reflection of the insignificance of human existence before Allah, who created the world and everything in it. And as humans, it is only fitting for us to realize that the greatness of Allah far exceeds all our understanding and capacities, which are so small, like a handful of sand in the vastness of Allah’s creation.
But.. being small doesn't mean being unseen.
Believe that in the presence of Allah, we all have a safe and loving place that will never leave us alone in sadness. And even though we are small, Allah never overlooks the prayers of Allah’s servants.
We don't have to strive to be significant like a rock in front of human, while in reality, we are no larger than a grain of sand in front of Allah.
Mount Bromo, East Java, Nadya.