Friday, April 7, 2017
"Awaken to Wonder"
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite watering holes. Its elevation is over 6200 feet. It is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. The average water temperature is 42 degrees. Even in July, it only rises to 64 degrees. Now, that is refreshing!
Several million years ago, the Tahoe Basin was formed as it sank between parallel fractures on the Earth’s crust. The basin is mainly granite with little topsoil. This means few nutrients get washed into the lake to promote algae that would make the water murky. The result is a remarkably clear lake. You can see down to a depth of about 70 feet. Lake Tahoe is fed by 63 streams and two hot springs.
Surrounding the lake are some popular ski resorts. Heavenly, North Star, and Squaw Valley all have sensational views of that clear blue lake from the mountain peaks. The clarity of the lake is unforgettable. The lake water appears blue in color. Under the right conditions, the lake surface reflects the color of the sky.
It is God’s nature to surprise. I have been to Lake Tahoe many times. I love it because it awakens me to wonder. We are not required to create wonder but rather awaken to it. God is still on the premises! A creative, restless, redemptive love impels him to reach to us. It even happens through nature.
Psalm 8 reads, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”