Photo by Brandon Grinovich
Photo by American Alpine Institute

After school ended I went on a quick little jaunt over to Joshua tree with my boy and two other friends. Let me just say, that place is weird. I had never been in a desert before, let alone a strange desert that looks like it’s straight out of a Dr. Suess book.┬áBut wow, did God’s glory show.


The park lies at the intersection of two huge deserts: the Mojave and the Colorado. This mix-up of ecosystems at this location led to some unique species developing, like the Joshua tree itself. This tree is technically related to a lily flower, but it looks more like a palm tree/cactus hybrid.

These trees grow in a desert that is at times completely empty and at times completely filled with mountains and boulders. There are strange stacks of rocks that Jordan and I decided look like a giant tried to make a drippy castle and then just let it dry in the desert heat.

How cool is it the God is so creative? He can make anything He wants to. There are absolutely no limits on God, and Joshua Tree is just one example of how diverse and beautiful this created world is.

Now think about this: The God that created this beautiful world also chose to create you. We are each filled with intricacies and differences that we can only scratch the surface in understanding. You are probably less like me than a Joshua tree is like an oak! God’s diverse world allows for each of us to exist, and exist fully loved, while remaining the complex individuals that we are.

Seriously, how cool.

I am so thankful for nature and trips and friends for always reminding me of God’s creative power. On a sappier (or cuter, depending on your perspective) note, I am so thankful to be in a relationship with a boy who wants to go on adventures with me and wants to seek out God’s glory in all things. Thanks, Jord.

Photo by Brandon Grinovich

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