This past weekend, we went to the mountains. *Sigh*…enough said.
Actually, there can never be enough said about the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Living in Colorado, one would think that I should not want for mountains when I see them from my kitchen window every day. But it is not the same as touching them, exploring them, and leaving my footprints upon them. We have visited the mountains only a few times since Corra was born. Each time I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, serene, peaceful, alive, awake, left in wonder, and a whole bunch of other warm, fuzzy feelings.
On our drive this weekend, we made it to the top of a mountain pass, and we made a pit stop at the visitor center at the summit. I walked over and went to the viewing area to behold a breathtaking scene before me. Desolate plains and majestic mountain peaks spread from north to south. I instantly got a rush in my heart and soul, just like I did when I was a little girl visiting the mountains in my home state of Idaho. Something awakens in me, and it happens every time. Each time I visit the mountains is my first time. I am in awe and wonder of them. I can’t always describe it, but it is one of the most satisfying experiences in the world. I look upon a glorious creation, and I see the magnificent and powerful God of heaven and earth.
Hiking in the mountains, strolling on the beach, kayaking on a lake, walking in a forest…these are moments in my life that I know I encounter God in a real and personal way. I learn about who He is just by exploring and appreciating the beauty He made in creation.
The colors of the aspen trees were vibrant on our visit, and it was such a joy to walk through groves of these beautiful trees with my husband and daughter. Once the leaves start falling, a carpet of yellow covers the path as if you are walking on streets of gold. A bit of heaven on earth…
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls,
each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city
was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Walking and discovering God’s creation is like seeing a bit of heaven. The beauty of creation makes me wonder what the Garden of Eden looked like before sin entered the world. Will the new heaven and new earth include a restored Garden of Eden? I think the new heaven and new earth will be even more beautiful and glorious than we can imagine, mostly because God will be shining brilliantly in all His glory and majesty.
And the city has
no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gives it light,
and its lamp is the Lamb.
In Colorado, they call the aspen trees, “quaking aspens”. The leaves on an aspen tree are a shiny green on one side and a matte light green on the other side. When the wind blows through these trees the leaves wave back and forth rapidly, making the trees look like it is glimmering in the sun. They look like they are quivering or “quaking” on the mountainside. In the fall, the aspen trees turn a vivid yellow and their “quaking” becomes even more striking. When I walk among them, I am reminded of this verse…
The mountains quake before him; the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
We have an awesome, powerful, and majestic God. The creation gives witness to it, and I want to soak it all in every chance I get. Every day I want to draw closer to Him and know that I am cherished and loved more than all the beautiful things in the world.
If God thinks of creation as beautiful, why do we have such a hard time believing that we are beautiful and cherished? He made a beautiful creation, but He thinks the world of His people. We are His greatest creation. He saved the best for last. Even though we are sinful and ugly in our hearts, He showered His grace and mercy upon us. He gives all of His love to us. He made us clean before He restored creation. He gave His beloved Son up for humankind, not creation. Embrace this today!
Walk in grace today, knowing that the God who created all, loves you most of all. I hope I never stop trying to understand and live in this truth.