Monday, March 07, 2005

Skiing

When I was a teen, I had the opportunity to tumble down some of the most beautiful slopes in the Western USA. We had many wonderful family vacations in the shadows of snow-capped Rockies. I'll never forget one year in particular when we arose early, due to my early-bird father's insistent prodding, and were the first people on the slopes on Christmas Day. It had snowed during the night, and we carved fresh tracks through the powder on a run, fittingly named what else but "Christmas."

As a new Christian, I always found the mountain vistas breathtaking. And once again, this past week, we were able to witness the incredible glory of God in the mountains, this time in the East. We arrived in the middle of a blizzard, one that dropped 33 inches of powder just in time for our family's enjoyment. Not only was the skiing as good as any I've experienced, but the views of snow-laden green boughs and rocky peaks were outstanding. There is no way I can take in the panorama of mountains and endless sky and believe it was all a freak coincidence of cosmic goo taking shape.

No. Certainly there is a Designer, an Artist, a Maestro Who has created all things. And He created you, too. You are one of His masterpieces.

"For lo, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought; who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth - the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!" Amos 4:13