I love scenic turnouts. My favorite one sits at the end of the longest tunnel in California, the Wawona Tunnel. Completed in 1933, this tunnel was carved out of solid granite. When a park visitor exits the tunnel, they find themselves majestically situated above the valley floor of Yosemite National Park.
Ansel Adams captured that view in his famous photograph entitled, “Wawona Tunnel, Winter, Yosemite.” On the left of the photo is El Capitan, standing 7,500 feet above the valley. Further off towards the center-right hangs Half Dome, some 8,839 feet high. Just to the right is Bridalveil Falls, tumbling 620 feet to the ground.
My favorite turnout is above the valley, but well below the mountain peaks that surround that famous viewpoint. Some time spent on that ledge will definitely leave an imprint on your memory.
Viewpoints bring perspective. They set things in order. They help us compare and contrast color, size, and by extension, importance.
Viewpoints impact us spiritually, as well. As we heard this past Sunday, we desperately need a right view of God. We must see Him enthroned above, acknowledged as the mighty God, and His royalty granted Him. His power needs to be recognized and His grace embraced.
On a regular basis, we need to check our everyday “turnouts.” We need to make sure we still have the Lord “high and lifted up” and join in the chorus calling out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is full of His glory,” (Isaiah 6).
A. W. Tozer in his work, The Knowledge of the Holy, commented, “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” We must have a high view of God. That right view of our sovereign Lord affects our attitudes, our motives, our desires, and certainly our behaviors.
If we have a lowly view of God, if we see Him as a kind of extension of the human form, if we limit His attributes to the capacities of human beings, we have a small god. But when we allow Him to sit majestically on His throne, our only response is meaningful WORSHIP.
So, this week, let’s all make a conscience effort to lift Him high. Let’s pause at every scenic turnout in our day and take in the grandeur of His magnificent Being. We can see Him in the face of a giggling child, sense His presence in a luscious garden, and hear Him thunder away as the surf pounds the sand.
Our right view of God will declare, “Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, You are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty,” (Psalm 104:1).
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.