After one my first travel nurse assignments, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park. I had recently discovered a love for hiking and a sense of awe at the beauty of creation, and hoped that this trip would offer some of both.
I wasn't sure what to expect at Yosemite. After having spent the past week at Grand Canyon, I feared I might be disappointed. Fortunately, I was wrong.
I stayed a mile outside the park and the drive into and out of the park each day on the winding and treacherous mountain inroad was an adventure in itself.
One morning, I decided to try to catch the sunrise at Glacier Point. I had really no idea of how to time the approximately hour long drive to the point so as to make it there at sunrise, but I did my best planning, and started out early next morning. It was to be my last day at Yosemite. I had already seen so much beauty there and had fallen hopelessly in love with the place, but this day , if possible, I felt was going to be even more special.
It was still very dark when I left my hotel room, and I had not driven very far when I saw my first treat of the day. Right on the side of the road, chomping on grass, big as life was a huge and beautiful moose. The mule deer I had seen back at Grand Canyon was my first encounter with wildlife in the open in my entire life, so this was quite an exciting experience for me.
As I continued up the winding road, the night was so quiet and still, but there was a sense of it teeming with life. As I rounded a corner, my headlights caught a family of deer on the side of the road. Naturally, at the sound and sight of my approaching, they scurried, but I was so tickled!
On I drove to Glacier Point, and much to my delight, I rounded the bend at the point just as the sun was rising! I sat on a log at what appeared to be the edge of a cliff and watched the sun come up over the distant mountains and the valley below. It was gorgeous! Now I knew I had to see more and make the most of this last day in this special place.
I drove further on into the high country to a place about 2 hours away called Olmsted Point. The view from this point was breathtaking! All around the ground appeared to be covered with snow. A closer look proved it to be the whitest stone I’ve ever seen. The far off mountain peaks appeared to be covered in white as well. It made for a most beautiful picture.
Next stop, Tenayan Lake . I stuck my toes in the freezing cold water of the clearest and most beautiful mountain lake I’d ever seen.
I drove on still another 30 minutes higher to a place called Tuloumne Meadows. Green and flat, this place was such a remarkable contrast to the surrounding landscape. It was getting late in the afternoon now and I wanted to be sure to get back down the mountain road before dark, especially since I planned to head out of the area early the next morning, but I had to see this meadow! I looked at my watch and decided I could hike the very narrow path I saw back into the meadow for about a half hour and then I’d have to begin to make my way back.
As I hiked the path deeper into the meadow, I began to hear water trickling. I saw no stream or body of water anywhere, but the sound was unmistakable. As I continued on , it became louder and began to be accompanied by the “voice” of Jesus, saying “Keep coming. There's something here I want you to see”.. As I walked on into my planned half hour trek, just about when my half hour was up, I came upon a beautiful area of falls. It was so quiet and peaceful there, like nothing I’d ever seen. It was just me and the Lord and I spent some time just sitting and thanking Him for bringing me to this place and meeting me here. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
I hiked back to my car and began to make my way back. As I said goodbye to Yosemite, I felt a profound sadness at having to leave such beauty behind, but was reminded that I will always have the memory of it and of my time spent there with Jesus. And I began to wonder, if it's this beautiful here imagine what heaven will be like!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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