Why I Love Victoria – #1

I mentioned in my previous post that my sons and I returned on Friday from a father-and-sons retreat to my dad’s ranch in the interior of BC. It was a beautiful, sunny week on the lake. The rainbow trout were hungry and so were we. One of those happy intersections of Providence. So we caught 47 trout and ate all 47 of them. Yum. 

But as our ferry wove through the Gulf Islands on the way home to Victoria, I was impressed again with the spectacular beauty of the Pacific Northwest islands. Out for a walk this evening I took this picture on my phone and wondered aloud, “Why does anyone live anywhere else?” You must have your reasons, but surely this city of Victoria is the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, and undeniably one of the most scenic cities on Earth.

So I thought I would post a series of little blog articles cataloging why I love Victoria. This here is #1 in the series. My first reason? Because the beauty of the city of Victoria reminds me of the beauty of God. The psalmist writes in Psalm 50 that the beauty of Zion somehow radiates the beauty of God. In a similar way, I wonder, can it be that the beauty of the city of Victoria is a reflection, however faint, of the radiance of God’s beauty?

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. (Psalm 50:2 ESV)