Historically, great time and expense were spent in constructing cathedrals, with the purpose of bringing glory and honor to God. While attempting to reflect God’s magnificence, intricate artwork and architecture were painstakingly created over hundreds of years.
We recently visited a cathedral of a different sort. It was created by volcanic explosions and erosion over the course of millions of years, but the end result was the same- viewing it nudged our minds, hearts, and souls upward toward God (and in my opinion, even more effectively than any man- made structure could).
As we hiked through Cathedral Gorge State Park, we were entranced by the endless spires, cliffs, and caves. The trail began with a network of steep stairs descending into the canyon. Once on the canyon floor, the path was level and every couple steps brought us a new rock formation to admire or an alcove to explore. It was a beautiful sunny and breezy day, with warmer- than- average spring weather. Roland happily split his time between running through the desert canyon and stopping to play with the rocks and sand (what more does a little boy need?).
Experiencing such a unique landscape truly reminds me of the extraordinary workmanship of God. What we see today has taken millions of years to accomplish, and it is still a work in progress. The natural world is a gift to us from the Divine Creator and it is filled with opulent variety. It is humbling that these exquisite places were created for us to use and enjoy, and I am forever grateful.
Job 38:4-7, 25-27
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?”