When you drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park, there’s a really simple way to do it, as the two parks adjoin. Unless you want to take a scenic detour through two other states and spend the day meandering through sparsely traveled awesomeness. And that is exactly what we did when we road tripped through the northern Rockies in 2016.
Having decided to go through Montana and Idaho when planning this trip, I spent time poring over maps and information about scenic drives and places. One of the areas we decided we wanted to see was Mesa Falls in Idaho. What a beautiful place it was. The waterfall was gorgeous, as was the river, and the foliage was just beginning to change this September day in 2016.
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7
Isn’t that just the way life is? Deep after deep, blow after blow, trial after trial, heartbreak after heartbreak. There are seasons of life that just seem to contain one sorrow after another. Some we may have brought on ourselves. Others are totally out of our control.
I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in seeing my feelings and experiences are echoed in God’s Word. The Bible isn’t filled with pie-in-the-sky, unrealistic, idealistic, naive platitudes. Instead it’s a book about real-life: joy and sorrow, gutsy, gritty, sometimes pleasant and sometimes sordid truth. God doesn’t cover up anything in His Word. He gives us the encouragement, examples, correction and instructions that we need so we can navigate these waters of our lives.
At times, it does feel like all God’s waves and breakers are sweeping over us. However, each of these afflictions are divinely ordered and appointed, are completely in God’s control, and are for our ultimate good. We can be sure that during seasons of adversity, we are not alone, and the hardship will not last forever.