So my family and I recently got back from vacation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were out there for about 10 days visiting family. If you have never been to Colorado Springs, it is one of the most beautiful places in the country. It is nestled right at the base of Pikes Peak in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. One of the main attractions in the area is Garden of the Gods Park. It is a registered National Natural Landmark and is known for it’s breathtaking red rock formations. You can check it out at http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm
Colorado Springs is the city where my wife and I were married and since my family still live there we get back to visit every couple of years. One of the traditions that my son and I have established is that every time we get back for a visit, we go for a hike at Garden of the Gods.
Now if you have ever been to Garden of the Gods you know that there are several rock formations that are tourist favorites like “The Kissing Camels”, or “Balanced Rock.” But for Jacob and I, our favorite place to visit is the “Siamese Twins.” It is a little bit off the beaten path, and if you didn’t know it was there you might easily miss it. But each time we visit, that is one of the places we like to go. I believe it offers the most wonderful view in the park. There are two giant rock towers that are connected together in such a way as to form a window right in the middle that allows you to look through the formation and see Pike’s Peak off in the distance. It is an amazing view that I marvel at everytime I visit the “Twins.”
This year Jacob and I took the entire family back to our special place. It is not a long hike and not too difficult. Our 2-year old, Makenna, even made the hike holding on to my hand. But while it is not a hard hike it is still not a place that is visited by many. Actually I have never been there when there have been more than 2 or three other families visiting it at the same time. And many times Jacob and I have been there all by ourselves. Maybe that is part of the reason I like it so much. It is quiter and less distracting than some of the other overcrowded areas in the park. Which gives you an opportunity to stop and really enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
I love this park, and I look forward to visiting everytime we get back to Colorado Springs, but one thing that I have always struggled with is the name. You see, I know that there are not many gods, but only One. And this park is not a playground for man-made gods to roam, it is a testament to the One True God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
We are reminded in Deuteronomy 4:39, “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”
Garden of the Gods Park should more accurately be called Garden of God’s, because there is only One God and He made that amazing park with all of it’s breathtaking views as well as the rest of this incredible universe in which we live.
If you ever get out to visit Colorado Springs I encourage you to visit this Garden of God’s and hike back up to the Siamese Twins, take a moment and gaze through the window of the towers at the beautiful Peak in the background and I trust that you, like me, will be reminded of the awesome, amazing, infinite power of our Creator!