God in all things, Scenery, Seeing God

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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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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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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This a photo of Virginia Falls, also from Glacier NP 2 years ago. I’m not sure why, but waterfalls make me think of God’s blessings. I guess because we sometimes speak of God’s blessings being poured out for us.

I found many definitions for “blessing,” but the ones I have in mind are “God’s favor” and “something that brings well-being.” Blessings impact our lives, in a positive way. Just as waterfalls can be dramatic or more subtle and inconspicuous, so can blessings. Waterfalls change the terrain (over a long period of time); blessings change our lives, sometimes it takes a long time to recognize these changes.