On a recent road trip through southern Utah, I pulled into the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park to stretch my legs and get a bit of fresh air. This part of the park is conveniently located just off Interstate 15, and is a great preview of the remainder of this great place. The red rock formations are incredible and majestic. Every time I visit this spot the landscape tends to take on a different appearance, mostly due to the lighting and type of sky that serves as a backdrop. On this day the early morning mist still hung low, as the sun tried to pierce through the clouds. The high rocks seemed even more daunting that usual with this setting, and some Scriptural references to God as a High Tower immediately came to mind. I felt that the 2 Samuel passages were appropriate for the image.
In the midst of extensive travel last week, my daughter, Leah, and I made a detour to Zion National Park in southern Utah. Being our first-ever visit to the park, we didn’t really know what we would see in the course of our short excursion. Snow fell the night before, and the sky remained very cloudy. While shooting conditions were not great, through the magic of HDR technology, the images actually came out fairly well. Our first stop was the Kolob Canyon area. (As always, click on individual pictures to see a larger image.)
The conditions at the Kolob area were a little too muddy and snow covered to consider taking a hike, so we continued on to the interior of the park and drove to the parking lot at the base of the Temple of Sinawava. From there, we hiked the Riverside Trail up to the Narrows of the Virgin River. Along the way a portion of the cliff adjacent to the trail broke loose, but Leah cheated death by holding off the massive rock!
When the weather improves and I have a little more time, a return trip to Zion National Park will definitely be on my “to do” list. The rock formations and brilliant shades of red are truly amazing. After returning from this trip, I looked up the meaning and history of the word, Zion. Originally it was simply the name of a specific mountain near Jerusalem, Mount Zion, but subsequently it was used as a Biblical metonym for Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem, and for the world to come in God’s Kingdom. Isaiah 28:16 states, Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.” This foundation refers to God’s promises as manifest in His written word and in His son, Christ Jesus. He is a foundation of God’s laying; a tried stone, a trying stone, a touch-stone, that shall distinguish between true and counterfeit (Matthew Henry Unabridged).