Saturday, April 30, 2011

Yosemite - Light, Water, Earth, Sky, Spirt, and Time

Yosemite Valley at sunset. Truly, a magical event when a shaft of red-orange sunlight moves up the Merced River and strikes the eastern Yosemite Valley wall, adding a reddish glow to Bridal Vail Fall for just a brief moment of awesome wonder.

I am amazed at the grandeur of Yosemite. I can see why the native peoples wanted to keep it a secret and sacred place. I can't help but feel the presence of the Creator calling out to me, yet at the same time my analytical, science craving brain is questioning my earlier "Young Earth" literalistic views.

A mossy grove at the base of Bridal Vail Fall that I almost missed. Yosemite is all about light, water , and time.

None of this would be here without water and ice and the time required to carve out the valley.

None of the flora and fauna would be here without life giving water and sunlight.

Yosemite Falls, the Merced River, and Yosemite Valley Floor. None of this could be enjoyed without light.

We are blessed to have eyesight enabling us to interpret the sunlight reflected off the landscape that was created by stardust flung into the cosmos at the beginning.

When I am in such a magnificent place it is impossible for me to deny the Creator's existence or the events that pushed up the granite mountains that were then carved out by glaciers long ago.

The plate tectonics that pushed up the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the carving out of solid granite by glaciers and rivers that created Yosemite Valley speak of a planet that is older than I can imagine.

The beauty and majesty that is Yosemite declares a Creator's hand and an invitation to a spiritual connection to our universe created in deep time.

"For from the world's creation the invisible things of him are perceived, being apprehended by the mind through the things that are made, both his eternal power and divinity, so as to render them inexcusable." (Romans 1:20)

"In God's wildness lies the hope of the world."
~John Muir

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


Yogini Urbananda said...

I was just in Yosemite last weekend for some hiking and camping. I always wonder what it must have been like for the very first people to lay eyes upon that gorgeous place. I mean, never having seen a photo or having a tourist guidebook to reference, and their very first experience of Yosemite was to see it completely natural, untouched, the way God designed it. I imagine those people must have fallen to their knees in true AMAZEMENT. Especially considering they likely traveled through the hot, dusty desert in order to get there...and then to end up THERE, after hundreds of miles of pretty much nothing but dirt. Yosemite is truly the epitome of divine creation, thanks for sharing your experience. :)

Hippie Christian said...

Thanks for your comment, Yosemite is amazing! The wild flowers and waterfalls must have been just beautiful.

Ger52 said...

Hey Hippie - Don't lets argue about a young or old earth. That's not really the issue, and it allows the enemy to set a wedge into our faith. The "science is god" crowd won't accept it and it's a stumbling block to them. The "science is a lie" crowd of believers focuses on it to the church's destruction. Peter gives us the answer and the way out, "... a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day ..."
It's perfectly okay to not know what happened - you can still be a literalist as long as you admit that there are some things that cannot be fully comprehended about the Creator. In other words, I believe everything He said in His Word, I'm just not sure I understand what He meant. It's perfectly okay to not be as smart as God. I'm certainly not going to attempt to win over a geologist by telling him what I cannot prove and cannot even really know. What the geologists need is God's grace for the removal of sin and the reinvention of self. What I need is the lesson on humility and the greatness of God that comes from being awestruck by the fingerprints God has left on the surface of the earth and the sky.

Hippie Christian said...

Hi Ger52,
Thanks for reading my post about Yosemite. I agree with you that arguing is unfruitful and divisive.

Peace, Love, and Light!