Strange how one can live for 21 years, granted, in a place of beauty, yet be completely unaware of some of the worlds greatest natural phenomenons there are to see. Everywhere we go is as if in a different world from the last place. From granite cliffs and waterfalls, to sandstone and canyons, uniquely formed spires of rock, and trees that have petrified to stone, and finally our latest stop, the stalagmite and stalactite pinnacles within the Carlsbad caverns. And all this within 9 days. 9 days ago I didn’t so much as dream of such places. 9 days ago Cars Land at Disneyland was my reference for towering red rock and sandstone, and had someone told me that Carlsbad Caverns look like the inside of the line for Indiana Jones (x1000) I may have laughed at the idea that such a made up scene could ever be real. And those are the reflections that strike wonder in my brain. Wonderings like, what else have I not seen? what else have i not even heard of? how many more such places are yet to be discovered (at least under the earths surface)? and how many different worlds can there be within this one earth??
Their is variety of terrain and landscape on this planet that can only become real once you’ve stood before it in awe. The marvels we have witnessed have come to be by way of natural weather from the beginning of time. But the world in all it’s glory is not meant to bring the attention of men to weather patterns. Natural phenomenons are given to men by God, in grace. The grace I find in them is the reflection of his power, care and creativity. The sites we have seen are mans window to a God who loves all. A God who can take a shapeless planet and through natural causes create a vivid, unique, varied and awe inspiring one. This God is gracious enough to show man his love through creation so that man will be drawn to him. And once a man is, he then becomes the earth in the hands of God. An opportunity for redemption and beauty to sprout.
My wonderings lead me many places. My mind is ready to explore all that is put before it. I value science, I believe science. I would not deny the weathers hand in shaping these national parks. So yes, my wonderings lead me many places. But they always come to rest in one place. That place being the character of God and his willingness to work through natural causes in order to give man a reason to seek him.
Romans 1:20 “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
My wonderings are my own. If they strike wonder in you, well I hope it is wonder that benefits. If they cause feelings of disconcertment, well then your options are to ignore them, or talk to me about them. I don’t pretend that such a conclusion as I hold to is easy to accept. I welcome the struggle even in my own life. Jesus welcomes it too.
I hope to never stop wondering. If you have, go to a national park.