As we made our way through the Mariposa grove, I remained silent. I didn't know what to say. I really didn't know what to think. I knew earlier in the week, we were going to end our Yosemite NP trip by visiting this group of Sequoias. Both Sarah and Lu were super excited...but I was a bit more reserved than they. I thought Yosemite could not get any better...so I wasn't expecting much. Don't get me wrong, I knew I was in for something good...I just didn't know how wonderful, how beautiful, and how humbling this experience was going to be.
So as I was letting my emotions get the best of me, I attempted to collect my thoughts. I could begin to hear God speak...but quite couln't make out what He was saying through my excitement. And in this moment...when I could not speak or even make out a thought, an elderly man walks up to us, looks up above, and says, "Never underestimate what God can make."
Yes!!!! That's it...Never underestimate what God can make! What God can do! Who He is!!!! What He can do in you and through you!!!! Here I am, looking up at the great Sequoia...knowing that it started as a flake. A FLAKE!!! And yet...here it stands. Refined, glorious, and mighty! God can take what fits in the small of my hand...and turn it into something that majestically towers over me! He can take the small and make it big. He can take the ugly and make it beautiful. He can take me...and make me the man I am destined to be.
Never underestimate what God can make. Regardless of how small and insignificant you may feel...how hurt or frustrated you are...how scared or alone you are...despite the things you have done...despite the things you are doing...and despite the place you are at...NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHAT GOD CAN MAKE! You and I are destined and designed to stand as tall as the great and mighty Sequoia!!!
Where: Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Who: Aaron "Lu" Lawler, Sarah Pasquel, Ugly
Stats: 7 miles RT, 2000' elevation +/-