“This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” someone in my hiking crew declared, as we took in the cliffs, pastures, and sheep. Just a bit further up the trail, we rounded a corner and enjoyed another beautiful vista. “This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!” someone else exclaimed. The refrain became almost a joke on the trail, but each time we uttered the words, we spoke them in truth.
I tend to find God easily in nature. My husband and I enjoy exploring nature so much that our vacations tend to center around being outdoors. Not long ago, when some friends heard our plans for an adventure in Scotland, they asked to join us. The four of us flew into Glasgow, but only spent a day in the city before heading north towards the Highlands. We thought nothing could surpass the surreal beauty of the bagpiper at one of our early stops. His haunting notes followed us as we crossed a moat by way of a stone bridge to the castle serving as his backdrop.
However, the natural beauty of God’s creation proved us wrong a few days later on the Isle of Skye. The four of us set out on the Quiraing walk early that morning. At just over four miles, we estimated the loop would take us no more than a couple of hours to complete. I opted not to carry a backpack and, instead, gave a single water bottle to Jay. The two of us had trained all summer for the West Highland Way. The trail covers 96 miles, which we planned to hike over seven days. In comparison, this short loop would be a walk in the park.