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Shroud over Zion

After being snowed-out at the Grand Canyon earlier this month (Who Stole the Grand Canyon), Alesia and I worked our way northward to Zion National Park.  To some degree, the weather was improved, but low clouds lingered, limiting our view of the higher elevation peaks and rock formations.  Still, we spent a few hours at the park, taking in what scenery was not obscured, and enjoying a day when the weather kept visitation minimal.  (Mouse-over the slideshow below to access controls.)

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My daughter and I had a brief visit at Zion National Park in February, which was documented in Zion: Stone for a Foundation.  You may want to visit that post to see some images from the western side of the park.

When first seen, the massive and spectacular rock formations at Zion National Park appear impregnable, but they are constantly weathering away by the forces of wind, water and temperature.  The image of Checkerboard Mesa shows obvious horizontal fissures caused by scouring wind, and vertical grooves etched by water flowing down the mountain.  A similar metaphor in the Book of Job is used to describe God’s rebuking power against our sinful lives.  When we live our lives apart from His will, in His anger He can wear us down.  It is because of His love for us that He does these things.  His purpose is to get us to a point of submission and obedience, that we may learn to walk in His righteousness, not that of our own.  And when we finally get to that point, then we can look forward to sharing in the other Zion, the kingdom of God.

But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
And as a rock is moved from its place;
As water wears away stones,
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.  (Job 14:18-19)

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8 responses

  1. Pingback: Listen to the Clouds; Bryce Canyon « His Creation

  2. Stunning captures Ken…..breathtaking!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  3. A beautiful place! God’s creativity abounds. Also enjoyed your post on the Grand Canyon.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’ll be back to see what you are up to from time to time. God bless you!

    April 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    • Thanks Terrie! I am pretty sure you and I visited ZNP about the same time, given the weather we both encountered there! Enjoyed the ministry of your blog, and I will check back with you as well.

      April 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  4. Thank you for sharing with us the magnificent splendor of God’s creation, Ken, and for your insights from the Word of God in relation to this wondrous scenery. “Sharing in the other Zion, the Kingdom of God” brings to my mind these wonderful words in Isaiah 35:10

    And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    • The Scripture you provided is very apropos! I’ve sang to song for many years, never really understanding the meaning of Zion in the verse until I visited the park and then searched out the meaning. Those words now mean so much more to me! Thanks for building upon the post, Dee!

      April 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  5. Awesome and refreshing at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

    April 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    • Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, Cheri! I took a look at your blog, and commend you for your efforts. We (meaning primarily my wife) home-schooled our girls, and I know the resources you are posting will be valued by many – home-schoolers and others!

      April 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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