18 Miles Wide

Hi everyone, David here.

Last week Rob shared a reflection on getting away and rest, and his plans to travel to the US in May to attend the Ransomed Heart Boot Camp.  I have to admit there is a part of me that would just love to go to this boot camp too (the ‘green with envy’ part). My time will come I’m sure to spend some time and space in this way.  It could come quicker if any of you feel led to donate a return airfare from Auckland to Colorado! Seriously though, I’m sure Rob will have a great time and will come back with some insights. Prepare well, my friend.

After I got over my envy, Rob’s words led me reflect on the great road trip we did together in August 2014 and our visit to the Grand Canyon. You can’t get away much further from New Zealand than the Grand Canyon!

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters). Depending on which version of events you subscribe to this massive chasm took around nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history to form, if you subscribe to a very old earth theory.

The Grand Canyon formed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists,recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

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GC was an awe-inspiring experience and something that I can’t really put into words. Many people who visit struggle to comprehend the vastness, the depths, and the lengths of this canyon. There is nothing to compare this to here on earth.

In the bigness of the Grand Canyon some things become lost, and some things become clear. I sometimes struggle with Gods love and the bigness of this and find it difficult

. . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
– Ephesians 3:18

After visiting the Grand Canyon, my perspective on this has changed possibly forever. I think I now have a new appreciation of this love, this big, wide, deep love that God has for us. The challenge for me and us though is what will we do with this. Will we let it transform us, redeem us, restore us, or will we just let it flow around and over us. All of this is good, but what will move us from good to grand? Here’s some words I wrote a couple of days after visiting the Grand Canyon.

18 Miles Wide

Behind the mists of time
We walk through canyons unseen
Betrayed by beauty
Eclipsed by history

Do we get wet or
Do we feel the rain?
Does disappointment
Cast its veil one more time?

Do we walk or
Do we feel the red earth?
Giving off heat as it
Beats the forgotten clouds

Then the Ancient of Days
Moves the clouds and
Once more breaks through
Illuminating the canvass

The restoration of all things
The grand redemption of the land
Set free, set apart, and we respond
With awe and wonder

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