To me and countless others over time, Crater Lake is the most beautiful place on earth.
For those unaware, it is a volcano that blew up, collapsed into itself and slowly filled with the clearest water on earth.
Now it’s the deepest lake in North America, seventh deepest in the world.
It is a wonder of the world, breathtaking in it’s unspeakable beauty.
What it really is…is a scar.
A scar of God.
Before the cataclysmic explosion it was “just” another mountain in the Cascade range, a home for myriad animals and Native Americans.
The eruption was powerful, terrible, awesome.
The mountain was destroyed along with all the surrounding area.
There was nothing beautiful left.
If you had lived here and managed to survive the blast, you would have had to move on…the life you had known before was no longer.
It was all over…but it wasn’t.
Slowly, the land healed…and what God created in the devastation was far greater than what had been before.
It took a very long time, a very long time indeed.
Now, people come from all over the world to see the scar of God.
Some of us find healing in it.
The transformation has triumphed over the devastation.
It always will.
Make your own application…
Our scars always tell stories. Good word here Michael.
HEY!! Happy Ultimate Friday, Michael, et al.
Beautiful scar. Literally beauty for ashes!! I’ve been there and it is awesome.
As usual your brilliance astounds me. What an incredible analogy!
Divorce has no winners, ever. And yet somehow God gets people through it and makes something good out of the disrupted lives.
Your analogy puts some perspective on such things…
King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Being near Grant’s Pass, Crater Lake really is a Living Epistle. Hoo boy! Need more coffee.
Great analogy, Michael.
My (formerly CC) sister, who used to live in Grant’s Pass, told me that someone (probably a govt agency) stocked Crater Lake with fish but it ruined the pristine water, so they got rid of the fish. Any truth to this Michael?
Sorry, had to take Trey to school.
There were some fish planted in the first half of the twentieth century, but they stopped back in the forties.
It didn’t affect the water, but that is always the primary concern here.
They have all died out except some trout and Kokanee salmon.
You can fish there if you want to pack your gear in and out…which I don’t.
They hope someday to have it fished out…
Good morning, PN!
Great word, Michael. Thank you….
Thank you, Sarah!
Beautiful analogy for the restoration that can come from cataclysmic separation. Thank you Michael.
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Michael, having spent a little time at Crater Lake, I completely affirm what you’ve written here, and I’m glad that you live close enough to enjoy it!