God in all things, Seeing God

Highlights

This photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at Inspiration Point. When I was first reviewing the pictures from this spot, I did not initially realize that the Lower Falls were in sight, because they are so far off in the distance. In fact, it is difficult to determine (from this photo) if the falls are on the same river as seen at the bottom of the canyon. We had just come from the Lower Falls, so I already knew they were. Not to mention the multiple maps showing the connection.

Even if we can’t easily connect all the points, the highlights clearly stand out. And while we often remember these as “God moments”, God is with us in the valleys too.

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What’s in a name?

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River, taken from the top of the lower falls. That mist at the bottom of the photo is coming from the falls. The name, Yellowstone, was from the Hidatsa name which was translated as Yellow Rock River. It is not certain what the origin of this name was but it seems possible that it is related to the color of the rock in the Grand Canyon as seen in this photo.

God is identified as “Yahweh” in the Bible, usually translated as “LORD” in English. Yahweh is actually pronunciation of the Hebrew for “I am.” A simple name with deep meaning. God is and was and always will be. The source of all that exists. Even yellow rock.

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God with us

This was a view from near the top of amount Washburn in Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon is seen crossing in the center of the photo with Yellowstone Lake behind it. In the distance, you can see the mountains where the Yellowstone River begins. It was literally breathtaking, but some of that may have been due to the hike to over 10,000 feet.

It’s an incredible feeling, having such a vantage point. Very different than what you would see from an airplane. In fact, we flew directly over Yellowstone as we were traveling home. From far away, such on a plane, everything looks very two dimensional.

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Disappointed?

This photo of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River was taken from a spot called “Artist Point.” It was originally named in 1883 by Frank Jay Haynes (official photographer of Yellowstone NP) who mistakenly believed that the point was where Thomas Moran painted his famous 1872 depiction of the falls. The original painting is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. It has been determined that the view was from the north rim. However, I am sure many artists have painted the falls from this point, so it is still a good name.

I mistakenly thought we would be able to see both the Upper and Lower Falls from this spot. I was disappointed to find out there was nowhere you could see both falls at the same time.

How often are we disappointed with God’s blessings?

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Knowledge

This photo was taken at Sheepeater Cliff along the Gardner River in Yellowstone. In the distance, you can see a portion of the cliff with a feature called columnar basalt. It is the result of lava forming fractures or joints as it cools rapidly. The columns often form in hexagons, but can have 3 to 12 (or more) sides. The rock face looked similar to Devils Tower to me, but the rock material is completely different and the columns at Devils Tower are much greater diameter. And scientists have multiple competing theories on how Devils Tower formed.

I am impressed by how much scientists have “figured out” about the formation of the world, but at the same time, there is so much we don’t know. I am reminded of God’s conversation with Job below, when Job thought he knew more than God.

Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its size? Surely you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid its cornerstone, While the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb, When I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? Job 38:4-9

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Unseen Effects

This is a photo of the Boiling River, which is actually where a hot spring feeds into the Gardner River in the far north part of Yellowstone. You can see the steam coming off of the water from the hot spring. This is one of the very few spots where you are allowed to get into the water at a hot spring within Yellowstone.

It was amazing how you could be standing in one spot and simultaneously feel scalding hot water along with near freezing water. Another surprising aspect of this experience was how someone standing/walking upstream dramatically affected the temperature of the water you were feeling.

For me, this is a vivid reminder of how our actions can significantly impact others, even when we are completely unaware of that impact.

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Seeing God – Yellowstone

We just got back from a week at Yellowstone NP and I’ll be posting photos for next next few weeks. As I mentioned in my last post, it isn’t difficult to see God in a place like Yellowstone.

Like many people, I knew Old Faithful was in Yellowstone, and that the park was one of the largest and oldest National Parks in the US. It is in fact the oldest, and second largest outside Alaska.

It is home to half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features. Also, the largest high elevation lake in the US and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Not to mention various wild animals, including ~4000 bison.

Photo: Upper Falls of Yellowstone River (Chittenden Bridge in distance)

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