God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Challenges

This is the view from the Grinell Glacier Overlook Trail (Glacier NP). My wife and I hiked here in 2017. That day my wife accused me of trying to kill (not that she really meant it). But it was a long, hard and hot day of hiking. This spur, in particular, was a 1000 foot gain in less than a mile off the main trail. But what a spectacular view!

It is said “What does not kill you, makes you stronger” (first attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche). In Proverbs, we are told that God purifies our hearts like gold is purified by fire. While I don’t believe that suffering is intrinsically good, I do believe God can work through the challenges we face.

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Big Picture

This is Delicate Arch (Arches NP) from the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, about a km away. The arch looks much more humble from this distance. Without any reference point, it’s not obvious that it is about 5 stories tall.

At a far distance, it is easier to the “big picture”. And the big picture is important, but can hide a lot of important details. I can assure you, it looks far different standing up there looking down through the arch toward this point.

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Ageless

This is a photo from Bruce Point in Bryce Canyon, which is technically is not a canyon since it was formed by weather erosion rather than a central stream. The exposed layers of rock are about 100 million years old. In nearby Zion National Park, the exposed layers are 140 to 240 million years old. The exposed layers in the Grand Canyon are 200 to 600 million years old. There are shared layers between these parks, creating what is called the Grand Staircase. You can look out over the Grand Staircase from a spot in Bryce Canyon called Yovimpa Point.

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of something being 100 million years old. How much harder to grasp the concept of God being truly ageless.

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Sunsetting

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the Lord be praised. High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high, looking down on heaven and earth? Psalm‬ ‭113:2-6‬

(Photo: sunset in Medora, North Dakota)

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The River

This is the Virgin River, in Zion NP. It is not easily seen in the photo, but the Parus Trail can be seen beside the river. While I stand here admiring this view, it is likely someone on the trail below is also enjoying their view, though it is very different from mine. Different even though we are not so far apart. A vivid reminder of how we each experience the same situation so differently.

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Early Rising

If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor; if the Lord does not guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch. In vain is your earlier rising, your going later to rest, you who toil for the bread you eat, when God pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber. Psalm 127:1-2

I read this Psalm recently and was taken aback. I consider myself to be an early riser, and admit that I take some pride in that quality. This Psalm serves as a reminder of where my strength lies.

(Photo: Kiawah sunrise)

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Deceiving

This is the Lower Waterfall in Hocking Hills. We visited there at the end of last December. I think the picture is somewhat deceiving because it doesn’t look a bit like winter to me. I suppose all of the trees in the photo are evergreens. It was not a very cold day, in the 40s as I recall. But I was not remotely tempted to get into this water, as inviting as it appears.

It is often said that looks can be deceiving. An important principle to remember when trying to make decisions about our future. People are not always as happy as they look. Struggles can be very rewarding. Point A to Point B is not always a straight line.

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Interpretations

This is the Three Gossips in Arches NP. Sometimes I have to question the names given to rock formations. It is easy for me to imagine three people huddled together. Not sure why they are “gossiping”. I guess it is more interesting than just calling the formation “Three People”. I was trying to think of what I might have called this formation. I rejected Three Musketeers, Three Amigos and Three Stooges. I decided I liked the Three Tenors. Singing definitely seems more positive than gossiping.

Which brings to mind The Ignatian Presupposition: “It should be presupposed that every good Christian ought to be more eager
to put a good interpretation on a neighbor’s statement than to condemn it.”

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