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.)
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)
- Zion! (gospelapprentice.com)
- Farewell Sand; Hello Snow! (bigskyken.wordpress.com)
- Some things just don’t fit! (bigskyken.wordpress.com)