Twenty-five days in to the month and I have finally managed to get a new masthead up. As with writing, I am not up to speed with my picture-taking, so I thought I’d dig in to the archives for this photo. This month’s masthead is a shot from the Australian Outback at Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Because the Outback is so flat and desolate, and because this monolith is so grand (the largest in the world of its kind, in fact), you can easily see Uluru from a couple dozen miles away. So majestic.
“There, in the middle of a memorable and imposing emptiness, stands an eminence of exceptional nobility and grandeur, 1150 feet high, a mile and a half long, five and a half miles around, less red than photographs have led you to expect but in every other way more arresting than you could ever have supposed…You cannot stop looking at it; you don’t want to stop looking at it. As you draw closer, it becomes even more interesting. It is more pitted than you had imagined, less regular in shape. There are more curves and divots and wavelike ribs, more irregularities of every type, than are evident from even a couple of hundred yards away. You realize that you could spend quite a lot of time — possibly a worryingly large amount of time; possibly a sell-your-house-and-move-here-to-live-in-a-tent amount of time — just looking at the rock, gazing at it from many angles, never tiring of it.” Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country
However forced or cliché it may seem, I cannot help but to compare the most impressive rock on Earth and the Rock of the Bible.
“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” I Samuel 2:2
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
God is like Uluru, but living, bigger, more powerful, more dependable, holier, more personable, more loving, full of grace and redemption… Okay, so they’re nothing alike, but I do love the imagery. “See this magnificent rock that is so awe inspiring you can’t stop staring at it? Yeah, well I am the unshakable, eternal Rock that is exponentially more arresting and majestic.”
In the midst of a cold and bleak Midwest American winter, here’s one small reminder of the warmth, inspiration, and fortitude that comes from standing at the foot of the Rock and gazing tirelessly.