"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4
Lisa, my wife, has always wanted to see the Redwoods. In fact, it has been on her “bucket list” for years. Last summer we discovered that the National Parks have a deal where all 4th graders (and their families) get in free. So, since we have a 4th grader, I thought that there is no better time than Spring Break to fulfill one of my wife’s dreams. About six months ago, Southwest ran a special on airline tickets to California, so I grabbed some and last week we packed up the family, flew out, rented a mini-van and made the drive up to Yosemite and Muir Woods.
All I can say is – Wow!
As soon as we drove through the tunnel into Yosemite, it was stunning! There was a giant waterfall that greeted us, and al I could think was, “I just drove into heaven.” The beauty and the grandeour at every turn leaves you breathless. There is El Capitan (which I used to stare at for years on my computer), Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in the United States and the fifth tallest in the world), Mirror Lake (which shows a perfect reflection of the mountains) and so much more. Everywhere you hike and look it is as if God is just showing off!
From Yosemite we drove to Muir Woods just north of San Francisco. This is another amazing National Park. The coastal redwood trees can grow to be 360 feet tall! It is incredible to look up and up and up at. This is the equivalent of a 36 story building. There is a beautiful creek that runs through the trail and even a place on the trail called the “Cathedral,” with "Quiet Please" signs - it truly is a holy place.
From Muir Woods we drove to Monterrey, Carmel and Big Sur. Again, breathtaking. The ocean crashing onto huge rocks. The sheer beauty of the cliffs and the expanse of the ocean makes for a place to ponder the greatness of our God. Wow – what a Creator! We saw sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, seals and other animals. I just imagine how awesome heaven must be! All of God’s creativity unbridled and with Him at the center will fill us with constant awe and wonder.
God’s Word tells us:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Every civilization that has ever existed has had some form of worship. No doubt. Many of us feel so close to God when we are in nature. There is something powerful about being away from the trappings of the world and being immersed in the greatest of our God. We are renewed, refueled and inspired. We feel so small (especially standing next to a giant redwood), and yet we also feel so loved (seeing the faithfulness of the waves and knowing God is always present). We need this time for our soul.
Can you remember some special times in nature growing up? How are you planning for some of these moments in your life today? And, how are you creating these moments for your family? God is drawing each of us to Himself. The problem is that we are surrounded by so much noise that we can’t hear Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8. And, who knows, you may just experience one of your “bucket list” moments in the process.
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