Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana. By Galen C. Dalrymple.
DayBreaks for 2/14/17: And It Is Awesome
From the DayBreaks archive, 2007:
Where is your favorite place in the world? What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? I’ve not traveled that much outside of the United States, but my favorite place is Glacier National Park at the very northwest corner of Montana at the Canadian border. If you have never been there, you’ve really missed out. There is a road that winds through the center of the park, starting at the park entrance on the south, and traversing up through the park, over the pass, and down through the southeastern border of the park. The road is fairly flat for the first few miles, winding along the side of Lake McDonald. As you drive along, you are struck by the vistas of mountains behind the far end of the lake, and eventually pass along a mountain stream that is gorgeous. But after a while, you start heading upward through lots of turns and curves, and with every passing moment, a different vista appears to take your breath away. Just when you think it can’t get any more awe-inspiring…it does. Finally, at the top of the pass is a visitors center where you can park and even hike up over a ridge to the left of center to Hidden Lake. And that’s even more beautiful than what you’ve seen so far. There is a 16-mile stretch of the road that has been called the most beautiful roadway in the world. Whether that’s true or not, I couldn’t say, but it is the most spectacular and impressive scenery my eyes have beheld.
We have beautiful sunsets behind the hills to our west. I love to see the colors of the clouds as the sun dips into the unseen Pacific Ocean – about 20 miles due west of our home. I love the colors of the vineyards below us in the fall as the leaves turn flaming reds, yellows and oranges. And perhaps there’s nothing as beautiful to me as the faces of my grandchildren, hand crafted by God.
I know, I know. As beautiful as the mountains, the ocean, the leaves, the sky are…they are all marred and flawed because they are a part of a fallen world, defaced by our rebellion against our Creator. What would these things look like if they were still perfect, in an unfallen state? I can’t imagine.
Yet, when you consider it, God is the only unfallen, perfect, non-flawed thing in the entire Universe. We get teeny, tiny glimpses of His glory in all the things we see in this world that captivate and capture us with their beauty and awesomeness. Of course, the place where we see the true glory of God is in the cross and resurrection of Christ. Jesus himself said that the time of his glory had come on the night before his crucifixion. As Christians, all of us should be able to echo the words of Bernard of Clairvaux: “I have seen a fraction of God’s glory, and it is awesome.”
PRAYER: Almighty God, how our hearts long to see You more clearly! Lift the scales from our eyes that prevent us from seeing Your glory all around us – not just in the mountains, trees and skies, but in the people You have created in Your image. And may we be better reflections of Your glory to this physical realm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.