We cannot outlast God. He is, of course more vast, more loving, more steadfast than we can ever be. When I saw the Grand Canyon I realized that compared to the size of God’s love, the Grand Canyon is like the indentation a mustard seed would make in wet sand. It was so quiet at the Grand Canyon. It is impossible for me to fully describe it. Yet as tiny as I am compared to the Grand Canyon, I felt so right. I felt as though in a sense, I had arrived at a special place and a special moment in time. I could see beauty everywhere, as far as I could see. There is, of course, no way to see the entire vast Grand Canyon all from one particular location. I did not hike to the bottom. I wasn’t in good enough shape to do that. Yet I would imagine that from the bottom of the Canyon it is even more overwhelming. From each spot we went up on the edges, it seemed more beautiful and perfect. It overwhelms the senses.
I could sense God all around me. Luke 17:21 “The kingdom of God is within you”. Perhaps, then, I sometimes need to take myself to a place so vast that I know what is both within and around me. It is God–within and around me. I am completely enveloped by His presence. It is said that ‘When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time’. Each day He awaits me all over again.
It reminds me of a song we sing at church sometimes:
Yahweh I know you are near;
Standing always at my side;
You guard me from the foe;
You lead me in ways everlasting.
Where can I run from your love,
If I climb to the heavens you are there,
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the seas,
Still I’d find you there….
So you see how the imagery of the Grand Canyon made me beyond aware of God’s presence in the world, in my heart, and in the hearts of each person I saw while i was there? His love is immeasurable.
How Great Thou Art, indeed, Lord ❤ ❤