Again it has been over a month since I have made a blog entry. In that month, spring has sprung, at least according to the calendar. Actually today being cold and rainy doesn’t seem much like spring. But we did experience spring and actually a little summer on our recent week long trip to California. Since last summer, we have planned to visit our son Phil and his wife Mary who are seminary students at Fresno, California. We first flew into San Jose where Phil and Mary picked us up and we drove to the seaside city of Monterey. It was there we saw the ocean for the first time on this trip. The next day we took the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel which goes through the world class Pebble Beach golf course. Along this drive and down the coast on California Highway 1, we observed God’s power and creative handiwork in the crashing of the white waves against the rocks. We also saw sea otters playing in the foamy water and elephant seals sleeping lazily on beach.
As I have written in earlier blogs, I am much more of a mountain person than a beach person, and this trip had both in abundance. We spent a day in Yosemite National Park as well as a day in Sequoia National Park. The waterfalls in Yosemite were louder and fuller than normal due to much melting snow. God’s grandeur and majesty were evident in the falls as well as the peaks and the huge Sequoyah trees over a thousand years old.
It was an amazing trip, just what I needed. The sun shone brightly each day with temperatures in Fresno between 70 and 80 degrees. Next week I hopefully will put a few pictures in a blog so you all can enjoy some of God’s wonderful creation with me. But I will need a little assistance to do that from Charlene, my administrative assistant here at the church, who knows how to do that.
Once again I was reminded of Psalm 95 in which the Psalmist sees the greatness of God in the mountain peaks and the sea, the depths of the earth and the dry land.
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:1-7)