Of Galleries and Oases

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After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water. – Exodus 15:27

In Utah, where we used to live, it’s a desert. The most beautiful, magical desert you will ever see. There’s a National Park there, called Zion. Fitting name.

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In order to get through the park, from one end to the other, you have to go through a tunnel. It’s a marvel, a feat of engineering and a place of historic record. But it’s just a tunnel. A path carved though rock. It’s dark and it’s claustrophobic and… well… dark.

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But you have to go through, you have to, to get to where you’re going because there is no other road that goes where you want to go. Truly.

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Here’s the thing. This particular tunnel, so long and dark and stifling, features something called “galleries”… six of them, to be exact.

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So we get fresh air and light along the way.

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So we don’t miss the majesty of this place.

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photo credit: Ken Lund via photopin cc

Carved into the cliff wall of a tunnel. Who does that?

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photo credit: James Marvin Phelps via photopin cc

God does.

He plants oases in our path and scatters the stone walls with galleries, to remind us how much we mean to Him. To bless us when all seems hopeless. To be Himself.

May you smile today, as you pass them… as you stop to enjoy the breeze and the view… as you remember.

What a mighty God we serve.

Mighty Father, thank You for the refreshment You provide for our souls. We stand in awe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…


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21 Comments on “Of Galleries and Oases

    • Good Morning, Jody! It’s lovely to meet you! Thanks for blessing me with your comment today. Glad you enjoyed the “Gallery”. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. That was amazing Shelly…thanks for sharing a little of your country with me.
    Thanks too for the reminder to take time to stop, look and listen to creation around me and spend time thanking God for making such an amazing world for us to enjoy.
    It’s easy to get caught up and not look!

    God bless you, precious friend. xx

    • It is way too easy, isn’t it, Mary? Praying for you and for Jono. Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • It’s beautiful, isn’t it Heather? You are a blessing in my life, too, friend! Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • His beauty just knocks my socks off, Marie! Thank you for being here! Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Your pictures are amazing. I have been to Utah but never there. I too have health issues and I don’t know where I’d be if not for God, his son, and grace. Love and God Bless!

    • Amen to that, Lani! I wouldn’t want to try to get through this life without Him in every moment. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. Shelly, this post is beautiful in words, pictures & music! So grateful for the refreshment I found here this morning. And grateful for you too! Blessings!
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    • Hi, Lisha! When the tunnel first opened, people were allowed to walk through, or stop in the tunnel to get out and enjoy the view. That has now been banned for safety reasons. Once a year or so, they sell tickets for a “Tunnel Walk” and allow holders to walk through while traffic is stopped. It’s a beautiful experience. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Thank you for blessing me with your comment, Carmen! It’s lovely to meet you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  4. Looking at these photos made me smile. I’ve gone through Utah a few times to those national parks and some side driving areas. As much as I’ve always been a Cascade mountain addict, the first time I was driving through Utah it sure grabbed me. You shared wonderfully. Thanks.
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