The Mighty Firmament

The Mighty Firmament

Whilst recently on holiday over Christmas and New Year,  we were highly recommended to go for a scenic drive around which is known as the “Bulembu Loop”. It takes you from Barberton, Mpumulanga, (South Africa) to Badplaas and is roughly 160kms. Half of the way is on tar and the rest on dirt roads of varying degrees of disrepair, but being in a Land Rover Defender, we were not too concerned about that. My camera was playing up so I was only able to take a few photographs.

We left early and went through to Barberton to pick up some supplies and then drove out of the town up a very steep, curving road heading up into the Makhonjwa Mountains and headed out towards the Swaziland Border over the gorgeous pass, called Saddleback Pass. The view over the valley back down to Barberton was amazing.

We seemed to travel for many kms through breathtaking vistas of tree plantations and row after row of mountains and hills, revealing cutaways of the most beautiful rock formations and rock types. We turned off the main road  and headed back towards Badplaas, just before the actual Swazi Border and found ourselves on a winding gravel road with hairpin bends tight enough to make your toes curl! The views on the way down were a mix of gloriously towering mountains above, (some of which were 2000m above sea level accrding to our GPS), and sweeping rich valleys dotted here and there with small Kraals belonging to the local folk living there, with their familiar thatched round huts with chickens and goats scratching in their neat little yards. The fences clad in washing drying in the sun brought a welcome splash of colour to the mostly verdant scenery. I wondered for a moment what it would be like to live with such views all the time, would you get used to them, would they lose their magic?

It has to be one of the most beautiful scenic drives I have ever taken in South Africa and one we will certainly do again, next time with spare batteries on hand.

As always when I am in the mountains, I am so aware of the incredible majesty and glory of God and His wondrous creation and how beautifully it has all been crafted and formed and am left feeling very small in comparison to the magnitude and vastness of the mountains around me. I am mostly so very aware of how small I am and how mighty and majestic the Lord is.

Psalm 150:1

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Psalm 8:4

What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?


Bless you 😀





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6 Responses to The Mighty Firmament

  1. cherylu says:

    Hi Steph,

    This is my first visit to your blog. (All of this time over yonder and I didn’t realize that you had one!) I will be back I am sure.

    Thanks for posting this. For the life of me, I don’t know how anyone can look at the majesty of creation and not see the Creator behind it all. For me that would take a whole lot more “faith” then believing in Him takes!

  2. Steph says:

    Hi Cheryl 😀
    Lovely to say hello to you here too and you are most welcome and I appreciate your visit. I agree with you wholeheartedly!
    Bless you sis

  3. lyn says:

    Dear sister,
    this is a wonderful pic reminding us of our majestic Creator; it is amazing to see such a beautiful display of a mighty God who’s creative power leaves us in a jaw-dropping state of awe! Thank you for sharing; much love and blessings to you!

  4. Steph says:

    Hey sis!! Thank you and an AMEN to that! It was an incredible journey. Bless you 😀

  5. Brenda Sand says:

    Your post reminds me of Romans 1:20 about how nature testifies to the existence of God. Man really is without excuse.

    My hubby also enjoyed your blog.

  6. Steph says:

    Hello dear sister
    Such a joy to have you and your hubby drop by and visit me here 😀 Thank you for your comment. Yes Man is without excuse, yet so many willfully refuse to see Him and will acknowledge anything is possible except the existence of a Holy, loving, and righteous God.
    Bless you!

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