“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” Hebrews 1:10-12
I am scared of heights, but I do enjoy hiking. I stay away from the edges and I don’t take chances. You will not see me at the edge of a cliff with a big smile on my face taking a selfie. I am not fearful while hiking but I do have a healthy respect for the height I am at. I have not been hiking too much out of state but I do love my state of AZ. I recently had the opportunity to hike the Grand Canyon and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
My friend had been asking me to go for quite some time, and I kept saying yes while not really intending to go. He set a date and booked a hotel room for the night before the hike, and I knew at that point I was committed. I had all these fears of falling off the side, and I became nervous as the date approached. I had been to the Grand Canyon several times, choosing to stay a good distance from the rail. I felt the view behind the rail was good enough and there was no need for me to go any further.
The day came for the hike and the bus left us off at the trail and my mouth dropped. I thought there is no way I am going down all the way to the bottom. I will say it’s called “grand” for a reason. My friend proceeded down the trail, so I sheepishly followed him with really no other choice to pursue. We worked our way down the trail for the next several hours and I was amazed by the intricacies of the canyon and the beauty of my God’s creation. It’s a different experience when you hike the canyon as you see the layers up close and one can't help but feel the vastness of the canyon. I was viewing one of the most beautiful things ever created, and I could say with all authority that my God laid that foundation. I gave Him glory and praise for His handiwork and imagined the view He must have of the canyon from His perspective.
As you can probably guess, I made it safely out of the canyon and will forever cherish my experience. I will forever remember the Creator who created the foundation of the world, and who had me in mind from the beginning. God leaves no stone unturned as He is the Creator of all. He will not perish and He has no beginning or end. The beauty of the Grand Canyon will one day fold up and be destroyed, but our God will forever remain.
In what is your trust and hope today? Are you building your hope and trust in the Creator of the world - the One who laid the foundations of the earth? Are you taking time to recognize the beauty all around you and give praise for the beauty He has created? We oftentimes get too busy to notice our Creator’s creation, and we don’t give Him the credit as we should. There is beauty in the desert, and there is a God who created it. May we worship our Creator and may we ever be grateful for an unchanging God who will love us for all eternity. In an ever-changing world, we have a God that has not changed from the beginning. May we see our God as “grand” and may we praise the work of His hands.
Stay in the fight!