Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Beauty of God's Creation

On our second full day at Iguazu National Park, we were blessed by the opportunity to take a long walk to an obscure waterfall.

The Sendero Macuco is a 7 kilometer round-trip hike that starts close to the entrance of the Park. We were the first people to travel on the trail that day, and only encountered 10 people total on our way back to the entrance.

As we began, we hiked in the relative cool of the morning. We were surrounded by the calls of the birds, the sounds of nature, and (sadly) the buzzing of mosquitoes. (Thank goodness for OFF repellent!) We instantly fell in love with the forest and our surroundings.

The area is beautiful, and comprises a 7 kilometer, leisurely walk to a beautiful waterfall. The forest surrounds us throughout the whole journey, and we are amazed by the beauty of the simple scenery. We ran across a number of smaller animals on our trip and a number of beautiful birds. However, Daniel didn't get the opportunity to see a toucan. (Sigh)

If we had quickly walked the trail, we could have finished it in about one hour. However, we practiced "slowing," and spent over two hours enjoying the beauty, watching the waterfall, and taking pictures. We were inspired by the beauty of God's creation. We made friends with a couple of beautiful butterflies as well, who became slightly enamored with our waterbottle!

As we turned back from the beautiful waterfall, we encountered a troop of monkeys hanging out in the trees! Megan was awed, and we spent more than 20 minutes watching the monkeys jumping through the trees, eating, and playing. One even thought we got too close and started gnashing his teeth at Megan!

The beauty of God is all around us. We are amazed at the glory of his creation.

Los cielos cuentan la gloria de Dios,
    el firmamento proclama la obra de sus manos.  
Un día comparte al otro la noticia,
    una noche a la otra se lo hace saber.
Sin palabras, sin lenguaje,
    sin una voz perceptible,  
por toda la tierra resuena su eco,
    ¡sus palabras llegan hasta los confines del mundo!
    Dios ha plantado en los cielos
    un pabellón para el sol.
Y éste, como novio que sale de la cámara nupcial,
    se apresta, cual atleta, a recorrer el camino.
Sale de un extremo de los cielos
    y, en su recorrido, llega al otro extremo,
    sin que nada se libre de su calor.  

(Salmo 19)

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they display knowledge.  
There is no speech or language
    where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
    which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
 It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is hidden from its heat.

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