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Thursday, September 22, 2022

If I could pick one spot to visit in Arches National Park, this would be it at Balanced Rock. Fortunately, there are many interesting places, so we were not limited to just one. The thing about Balanced Rock that interests me is how a relatively weak mound of mudstone can hold up such a large sandstone rock. The rock itself weighs around 3,600 tons which is over 3 million kg.

If I try to hold a small rock above my head, I get tired very quickly. So, I wonder what strength the atoms in the mudstone must have to hold up the rock.

We take rocks for granted. They are always hard and gritty and just go on doing their job without seeming to change. But when scientists try to see inside the silicon, oxygen, aluminum, and other atoms, there is practically nothing there except motion and forces. The forces are strong enough for each layer of atoms to hold up the tremendous weight of all the atoms above.

When God created the universe, he gave atoms, like in the rocks, these strong properties so we would have an environment to live.

Switching gears a little, it is easy to get discouraged with our situations and human environment. There is a promise God gave the Israelites that I believe applies to all of God’s followers.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

Just like God created a reliable environment of strong atoms, he also offers us a reliable environment of his care for us. When I see Balanced Rock, I think about hope in God’s plan for us.