If a picture paints a thousand words, Then why can’t I paint you?


As a child, the car our family owned only had an AM radio. So there are lots of random songs from the 60’s and 70’s that rattle around in my head. When I saw Crater Lake for the first time a few days ago, this song came to mind. I have seen many pictures of Crater Lake but they cannot hold the true wonder of seeing it for yourself. I’ve told a bunch of people, you’ve heard that a picture paints a thousand words but after seeing Crater Lake in person, I have way more than a thousand words to share!

On our trip, we had people who were making their first journey to Crater Lake, we had people who had been their several times, one person goes almost every year, and the poignant remark was when someone recognized that this could be their last trip to Crater Lake. The reality is that this could be true for any one of us on that trip. Life is fragile and if Crater Lake doesn’t remind you of that, then you aren’t paying attention.

The first look was absolutely amazing because you have no idea that the lake is even there. And then you start reading the details and when you realize how much of the mountain exploded to create the crater it’s almost more than you can comprehend. I almost wish that they could fly a drone out to where they believe the peak of the mountain was just so you could have a greater sense of the magnitude. The other comment I have made multiple times is, “what did the first person think when they stumbled upon Crater Lake?”

The trip to Crater Lake reminded me once again of the vast array of beauty this country and this state hold. It reminds me of the importance of being a tourist in your own backyard. I give thanks to God for the beauty of this earth and all that God has created. Thank you to Doug Detels for the idea and for the group that shared in this adventure.

Pastor Steve