Last weekend, as I drove to Seattle, I crossed two ridges that have an
elevation of over 2,000 feet above sea level. My home in the Tri-Cities is only
400 feet. So that area is proud of their view from the top of one of the
ridges. Here’s what the Internet has to say about it.
“The landscape is barren (this is a desert / steppe climate
region), but a scenic viewpoint on Manashtash Ridge and a rest area at the
Selah Creek Bridge provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.”
Breathtaking? Not hardly. But you see I’m comparing it to
the views I saw two weeks ago when I was in the Lake Tahoe
area. Here’s what the Internet says about the RosePoint
view … where I stood and surveyed God’s beauty.
“Drive less than four miles outside of InclineVillage located in North Lake Tahoe
for one of the best panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.
This scenic overlook on Nevada Highway 431 at 7,562 feet provides one of the
best photo opportunities of this striking alpine lake located in the Sierra Nevada.”
To get to the Manashtash Ridge, you drive through some
boring country with brown hills and sagebrush. Unless you are traveling through
to some place else, it would not be worth the time and effort to go there. To
get to the view point above Lake Tahoe, you
wind through forests and pass gorgeous scenery … taking a few hairpin curves
and having some drop offs by the side of the road. But it is worth every minute
and energy expended to arrive at the top.
Isn’t life like that? We travel along on our boring journey,
doing what is expected of us and nothing more. Our time and energy is spent
watching television … sitting on the deck with a drink in hand … or maybe
spending an inordinate amount of time with cooking and cleaning. There is no
breathtaking view in that life … just drudgery and marking time.
Or we can live life to the fullest … learn exciting new
things … travel … meet new friends … plumb the depths of ourselves and discover
we love to write or take photos. There may be a steep learning curve or some
potential failure, but it’s not boring.
The journey is rewarding … and the view is spectacular.
“In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.” Psalm 63:3-4 (MSG)