They say it took two hundred million years to make...
rocks rubbed down by a ribbon of river...
each layer revealing a different time period.
They say the canyon has a story to tell--
a story older than time.
I agree, that there is a story here,
but I don't see how a tiny ribbon of river could create something so vast and awesome,
or how it took millions of years when time was not even in existence but for thousands.
No, this was not created by a tiny river of water.
This was by the hand of the Creator.
What I found interesting about the Grand Canyon:
they have these circle plates along the rim trail marking the age of the rocks below--
some said 100 million; others 200 million.
At this same canyon, they have God's word posted on beautiful plates at remarkable lookout points.
Verses from the Psalms,
words written by a shepherd to his heavenly Father,
words remarking on the glorious creation of God.
It is very contradictory, this canyon.
Some of the rock formations are named after Biblical names and places; others named after foreign gods and temples.
We cannot serve two masters.
They say more than 5 million people visit the canyon every year.
How many of them know God?
How many of them try to make sense of this huge expanse of scenery with their own finite wisdom?
Sunday morning, my 40th birthday, we went to Mather's Point to watch the sun rise.
We were both quiet and a little distraught. We had wanted to find a church nearby to worship but they were all so very far away.
As we walked closer to the canyon, we heard the sound of beautiful voices lifted in a familiar hymn.
People had gathered at this point to sing praises to the Creator.
It was the most beautiful sound to hear God's name proclaimed out across the canyon.
We made our way through the crowd, through people smiling, some with tears in their eyes, others with skeptical looks or even anger;
we made our way and joined in song.
As the sun's rays lit up the sky over the distant cliffs, we were singing: "when we've been there ten-thousand years, bright shining as the sun..."
It is a day I will not soon forget.