View Point

>> Thursday, July 12, 2012

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 Rose Point view … where I stood and surveyed God’s beauty.  

“Drive less than four miles outside of Incline Village 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.”

Huge difference.  

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)


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