|Colorado foothills outside of GreenRiver.|
Wilderness: a tract of region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings.an empty or pathless area or region wilderness; a part of a garden devoted to wild growth; a wild or uncultivated state of being; a confusing multitude or mass: a bewildering situation... wildernesses o civilized life - (Miriam Webster)
|Almost there Day 4|
|Sunset in south Colorado|
|A close up of the magnificent sunset in CO|
It was not in their Jerusalem home, with gold, silver, and precious things, that Lehi and Sariah, acting in faith, bore their sons Jacob and Joseph. It was in the wilderness. Lehi spoke of his son Jacob as "my first-born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness." ( 2 Nephi 2:1.) Lehi said of Joseph, "Thou wast born in the wilderness of [our] afflictions; yea, in the days of [our] greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee." ( 2 Nephi 3:1.)2011 October General Conference, Children
|A rainstorm in New Mexico on a deserted state road|
While Lehi and Sarah's wilderness encounter brought them great tribulation and anxiety as they searched for direction, food and unity, I don't believe their "days of greatest sorrow" came from their struggle with nature. Man's encounter with "wilderness" does not have to happen in remote areas of the earth's vast expanse. It can come to us when we have a "bewildering situation," or when great sorrow lays heavy upon us.
|The special effects make the telephone poles resemble crosses|
In reading the scriptures and thinking about the many themes of "wilderness," I believe that we sometimes forget just how stressful and riddled with danger the lives of these ancient travelers were. Daily they faced untold dangers that we seldom think about. With the advent of computers, modern housing, electricity, etc. our lives have become so removed from the present dangers that we sometimes forget to respect nature.
Such was the case when Richard White, 49 of California decided to take a solo journey through the Denali National Park in Alaska. While hiking and photo-journaling, he forgot himself. Lost for over 8 minutes in a once in a lifetime photo shoot of an Alaskan Grizzly, he moved within 50 yards of the berry-foraging beast. Sadly it took only seconds for the Grizzly to attack and devour him for a tasty meal. With little left of his body, his camera told his story.
I relate this story because I believe that sometimes we hide behind our modern conveniences and forget just how close the earth's wilderness is. It sits at our doorstep. Only this morning my husband forwarded an email by our neighbor who encountered a copperhead while walking our streets.