Giants in the Land
Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing! ... Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea, take the news of his glory to the lost, news of his wonders to one and all! Psalm 96:1-3, Message.
Scotsman John Muir captured the imagination of readers and politicians with his eloquent descriptions of California “giants.”
“Every tree ... seemed perfect in beauty and strength ... like a range of bossy up-swelling cumulus clouds on a calm sky.” He wrote 300 articles and 10 books about his travels throughout the West. He couldn’t keep quiet about the magnificent world he’d discovered.
John Muir’s legacy lives on in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks, where you can see sequoia trees as tall as a 26-story building. Their diameters exceed the width of most city streets. (Two sequoias, named General Sherman and General Grant, were more than 200 years old when Jesus was born.)
Talk about wonders! I feel a hush come over me when I walk through a grove of these giants, as if I’m in a grand cathedral, as if my God is walking beside me.
I thank God for people such as John Muir, who proclaimed to America the mighty and marvelous wonders of God that he found. I am glad that one person can make a difference when they praise their Creator.
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