The Beautiful Brown Valley

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Its easy to overlook the beauty in something that you have seen for years.  This morning on my drive to Central, i found myself taking the ramp from the 215 to the 95.  For some strange reason i glanced to my left as i rounded the curve of the ramp and saw the valley, not just in part, but the whole thing.  It was a clear view of all that is Las Vegas.  The mountains, some still ‘covered’ in snow, the downtown area with all the hotels, and even off in the distance you see peoples homes just fade off into the distance.  Its odd that today it really hit me…how large this valley really is.  I grew up in a rural community of less than 10,000 people, so this city for me is a wide expanse of cultural diversity and highway insanity.  Although i miss the green grass and rolling hills of Illinois and Indiana, I have truly come to love the texture of the brown that is Las Vegas.  It amazes me that the image of this place was made after the image of God and that if you travel a few hours in any direction that image changes so dramatically.  Still if you go elsewhere is there anything better than returning home?  This valley can mean so many things to so many different people, hurt, strife, fear, debt…etc.  but if you take a step back and look at the lights and the sounds there are so many things here that are beautiful beyond human understanding.  Take a look around and see all of the things that this valley can offer.  Well, maybe not the valley itself but the creative mind of a God so immense that the picture of this valley has been in his scrapbook from the beginning of time.

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