We have lived in five Canadian provinces so I will choose one place from each of those provinces. Each province has its own beauty geographically and in each province I have had unique encounters with God. I began with my present in BC so I will move from west to east and backwards in time chronologically.

My first impression of Lake Louise was a line-up of cars and a large over-crowded parking lot befitting a super-mall in a big city. I wondered whether it would really be worth fighting all the crowds. Then I saw it and I knew why millions of people from around the world flock to gawk at the view across Lake Louise toward the glacier framed symmetrically by mountain slopes. A gaze of few minutes is simply not enough! Just as Moses at the burning bush, one has to take off their shoes to put their feet in, or dip a paddle from a red canoe, or take a hike for different vantages. As I heard the mixture of many languages from around the world all gazing at the mountain scene, the vision of Isaiah came into my mind and heart.

The mountain of the Lord’s temple

will be established as the highest of the mountains;

it will be exalted above the hills,

and all nations will stream to it.

Many peoples will come and say,

“Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.

He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.”

God will judge between the nations

and will settle disputes for many peoples.

They will beat their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will not take up sword against nation,

nor will they train for war anymore.