It’s one of my favorite places, requires four-wheel drive, and sits at 11,000 feet.
It’s Lake Kerr, a few miles from Platoro, Colorado. It’s not a huge lake, but it’s one of the most beautiful. When the wind is calm, the surface is like a polished mirror, reflecting the brilliant blue sky.
I have fly fished the lake, have walked its shore, and have picnicked with friends. There are snowcapped peaks around it, and occasionally, the elk will step out from the spruce into the lush meadows of green grass and high mountain flowers.
It’s not easy to get to. At its worst, the road is impassable. At its best, it requires four-wheel drive, and even then, you’ll wonder if you’ll make it. But, it’s so worth the effort.
Another Favorite Place
The Sea of Galilee is also one of my favorite places. It’s not actually a sea, but a lake, and surrounded by low mountains and hills, and Mt. Herman is usually snow-capped. They aren’t as majestic as the Colorado Rockies, but still really beautiful.
I haven’t fly fished the lake, or walked around its shore, or had picnics with friends. It doesn’t require four-wheel drive to get to, but it does take some effort, it’s in Israel! I’ve worshipped there with friends, sometimes on the shore, and sometimes from a boat at sunset.
I have visited and studied the ancient villages and synagogues that exist around its shores, or close to them. And I’ve been deeply moved by its history and biblical significance:
- It’s where Peter, Andrew, James and John made their living.
- It’s where Peter caught the fish with two coins.
- Jesus calmed its storms that terrified his apostles.
- It’s where he performed the miraculous catch of fish, twice.
- It’s where he called his first disciples.
Both lakes stir my soul. The former because of its overwhelming beauty. The other because of its overwhelming significance. I’ve shared both places with friends. I’ve prayed and worshiped in both, and found peace, silence, and the still quiet voice of the Spirit.
Lake Kerr is where I see the face of God. The Sea of Galilee is where I see Jesus walking on the water. At least in my heart!
Two favorite places.