Finding God in Yosemite National Park

By Karen O’Connor:

At Yosemite National Park I ended up finding God as I saw the beauty He had created.


Half Dome at Yosemite by Matthew Hull

Half Dome at Yosemite: Image by Matthew Hull

My friend Kathleen and I spent a week camping and hiking with other women in Mammoth, California. To get to our campground from where we live, we had to drive the highway that runs through the top of Yosemite National Park.

For two hours we enjoyed the beautiful flowers on the sides of the road, the view of Half Dome in the distance, stands of Lodgepole Pines and Western Whites, Tenaya Lake and rolling streams, and Tuolomne Meadows with its acres of wild grass. It was not hard to find God in Yosemite National Park. Everywhere I looked I saw the Lord’s hand. No artist or sculptor or engineer could create such a place. As the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, “. . . only God can make a tree.”

As we drove through the park, I was reminded of the account in the Bible of the Garden of Eden. The word Eden means ‘delight.’ It is God’s pleasure to give us the delights of our heart and it has been that way since the beginning of time when he created man and gave him Eden, the garden of delights.

Genesis 2:9 describes God’s handiwork. “And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food.”

The garden was filled with colorful flowering plants and delicious fruits—pure paradise for the first human beings––Adam and Eve.

Is it any wonder then, how with just a little contemplation and observation we can find God in Yosemite National Park and in many other awesome places carved out, created, and maintained by God’s love and care?

Enjoy this inspiring YouTube video on Yosemite National Park with Scott Gediman, park assistant superintendent

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor    

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