The Grand Canyon and the Grandeur of God

Early morning along the Grandview Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Early morning along the Grandview Trail

This post courtesy of one of my group members.

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon about a dozen times. I can enjoy looking at from the rim for hours, as I have done—But the longer I stare from above, the more of a draw that beautiful canyon has on me. More allure—calling me deeper. And I’ve gone deeper. I’ve explored the inside of the canyon. I’ve hiked the trails deep within. I’ve waded in the Colorado River at the bottom. And…I want to go back!

Cacti blooms along the Lava Falls Rapids of the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Cacti blooms along the Lava Falls Rapids of the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon

I’ve experienced enough of the Grand Canyon to always be yearning for more. But there are others who have explored the canyon far more than I have. They know it’s secrets, it’s inner beauty, it’s depth and breadth better than I do. I’ve seen enough that I can relate to some of their awe and I enjoy their pictures and descriptions far more than a novice whose experience is limited to calendar pictures and post cards—because I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. I’ve delved deeply into it’s magnificence.

Views from the end of Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Views from the end of Horseshoe Mesa


The grandeur of the canyon is an illustration for me of grandeur our God. He has shown us some of His grandeur (glory) not so that we would be satisfied. Just the opposite—So we’d want to come back over and over again. So that He would become BIG in our eyes—and we would find our deepest joy in exploring Him and sharing His secrets, His inner beauty, the depth and breadth of His allure. So we could wade right in to the river of His love.

Hiking the Tonto Trail between the South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hiking the Tonto Trail between the South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail