Behind the Picture: Badlands Ladder

The Story Behind the Photo

Badlands National Park in South Dakota is a place unlike any other I’ve been to. There were moments when we were exploring the park that it felt like I was on another planet.

The day began with a 4am wake up (unintentional), and then continued with several short hikes before 8am. Badlands Ladder and Badlands Trail were both taken on one of these trails. The early morning hikes ended up being the perfect time to see this unique landscape. The rising sun provided a warm glow, and there was a refreshing coolness that quickly evaporated as the sun climbed higher. It was great being able to hike without sweating profusely, which would surely have been the case if we had started later.

The ladder shown in Badlands Ladder was difficult to climb: rock had crumbled away from underneath certain parts of it and it was a steep climb up. But the view at the top was worth it. I love this verse, because it’s such an incredible reminder that God orders our steps, He knows our paths, and, even when those steps are difficult, He is with us.

Behind the Picture: Sunset

I love the sky.

Anyone who knows me even a little bit should be able to attest to this fact. I have been known to be incredibly distracted by a beautiful sky. I’ve interrupted conversations, cut myself off in the middle of a sentence, and run back into a room filled with people to announce an incredible sunset. None of this embarrasses me (perhaps it should… 😉 ). I am just constantly astounded by God’s amazing creation and His ability to paint the most remarkable colors across the horizon.

The Story Behind the Picture

The picture Sunset happens to be one I captured in my backyard. The heavens truly declare the glory of God, and they do it everywhere in the world, from exotic locations to everyday places, like our own backyards. Sometimes all we need to do is look up and be reminded that the One who designed a sunset, or set the clouds in motion across the sky, is the One who loves us and is fighting for us. And then we can find ourselves praising God and declaring with the heavens His unmatchable glory.