The rich wonder of the land is painfully paired with the depth of despair in so many of the people. It's almost impossible to reconcile the idea of God-crafted nature and human brokenness. Together they create a discordant symphony of desperate need. While being painful to observe, I can at least gain some comfort from God's promises to create wonderful things out of our dysfunction. The gorgeous world we can see is a reflection of God's power to bring restoration when it seems too far gone.