Our theme is August.
–adjective1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
I must admit this theme was a little harder than ones in past months to wrap my mind around.
For me, August has always been a month, and I rarely think of using the other meaning in a sentence.
But, as I’ve thought about the alternative definition–majesty–I think of my visits to the Rocky Mountains. How august are they, when you’re driving across the plains of eastern Colorado, and they finally come into view as you’re traveling across I-70, coming into Denver? I have yet to be more taken with a sight, although the Flint Hills of Kansas around sunrise or sunset in fall or mid-spring can take my breath away as well.
The first time I saw the Rockies, I was 20, traveling to Wyoming from Wichita with my new-fiancé who would eventually become TMOTH a few months later. I was awestruck. Especially when days later, we returned to visit first Rocky Mountain National Park, then Colorado Springs’ Pike’s Peak.
Ever since then, I’ve been smitten with the Rockies in general, and Colorado in particular. In the next few weeks, we’ll travel there for the first time since having children. I can’t wait.
When I’m in the Rockies especially, I experience a relaxation I don’t get anywhere else–even when on a vacation elsewhere. Perhaps it’s the higher altitudes and less oxygen. But, I honestly think it’s the august beauty of the countryside.
While there, I get more reflective. Gazing at the beauty, you can’t but help but marvel and acknowledge the wonderful craftsmanship of our Creator. Sure, some people subscribe to the notion our world was formed over millions of years.
I usually have a big eye-roll for that one.
You can’t look at Creation if you’ve got any sense in your brain and not see how things had to be formed by a loving and masterful Creator. Sure, changes to occur. But, He was the one who formed the rivers, chose their paths, and made them for us to drink from and enjoy. He’s the one who shoved the rock out of the ground to form majestic mountains, covered in aspens, pines, snow, and curious creatures.
His whole Creation is truly august, and worthy of our awe, from the far, far deserts that stretch thousands of square miles, to the tiny forget-me-not you find on a mountainous hike.
Take a minute to look around with wonder next time you’re enjoying nature and think of how awesome it is–and how truly awe-inspiring the Master of the Universe is for taking the time to create our world, right down to the ants crawling around in the blades of grass between our toes.
All of today’s photo’s were taken by either myself or TMOTH during a vacation to Colorado in July 2007, which was the last time we were in my (current) favorite state. Given a detailed map, I can approximate all three locations, and the one with the river I know for a fact was near 11 Mile Reservoir along the S. Platte River. TMOTH is pictured in this WAY down the river if you’ve got a big enough copy to spot him. 🙂
P.S. Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary with TMOTH! 9 years together… and we haven’t killed each other yet. 😉 Seriously, love this guy more each year, and excited to have at least another 59 with him, Lord willing. — L.S.