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Road Trip 2013: Day 1

Yesterday began the first day of a road trip from Rockford to St. Louis! Leaving at 6:39 AM, we traveled through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota in one day. Over 13 hours of driving (plus many rest stops) was tiring but worth it.

One of the amazing things that I experienced were the hills of South Dakota. As we were driving, the flat prairie lands slowly turned into the hilly badlands (which actually look pretty good).

We found a sign leading to a scenic overview. Not knowing what it would look like in what seemed to be a desolate area, we figured “why not!” As we stepped out of our vehicle and approached a small path, the “scenic” became apparent. Soaring valleys nearby and rocky hills in the distance filled our view. The scene was breathtaking. I wasn’t sure if I should observe it through my camera to record the image or through my eyes for an unfiltered memory.

As I looked with amazement at the scene, I wondered how some could believe this all came about by chance. The carefully sculpted hills and rock formations screamed the name of the Creator. Each groove and slope reminded me of the beauty of God’s natural revelation.

It is hard in our industrious, man-centered culture to consider the works and crafts of the Lord. We are surrounded by man’s roads, buildings, art, and accomplishments. In the blaring of man’s works, it is often hard to hear the whisper of the works of God in nature.

God has given this to us as a testimony of who he is as the Creator. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (NASB). To see the vastness and intricacy of His creation is to see the hand of the Creator.

I encourage you to take time to see the Creator’s craft and stand in awe of His glory!

About the author
Blake Fewell
Blake Fewell is a Salvation Army Lieutenant serving as the Corps Officer in Marion, IN. He grew up in Rockford, IL attending The Salvation Army all his life. Blake is passionate about Salvation Army theology and ministry. Other passions include running, brass band music, social media, reading, writing, and preaching. He holds a Bachelor's degree in systematic theology from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and is working towards his Master's degree at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.