For those offended by religious references, go ahead and move to the next entry. I very rarely put non-tech stuff on here, but this piece really grabbed at me. As some of you may know I hiked rim to rim across the Grand Canyon with my father November ’05. As we spent those days working our way through endless sights of absolute awesomeness, I never once considered finances… deadlines… error exceptions… design concerns… conflicts… anything. Being totally unplugged and immersed in such a magnificent place is a sure way to find what is really important in your life. The night before our exit from the canyon, we sat out on Plateau Point and watched the sun set, looking down 1500 feet to the CO River and looking up another 2000 to where we would be the next evening. I felt the exact same thing that this author felt. I am sure that this means more to me than it will to anyone else, but hey… it’s my blog.
SITTING at the edge of the Grand Canyon silenced me. Canyon stretched before me as far as the naked eye could see. There seemed to be no end to it. In the quiet, I watched light reflecting off the walls, creating splashes of red, blue, purple, yellow. A jagged rock towered nearby, reflecting light to the east side. Snow glistened on the canyon rim where the trees staggered on the edge. Below I could see the river storming through what looked like cracks and crevices.
As I sat, I was mesmerized knowing that God created this beauty. But my thoughts turned as I heard in my heart the words, “Be still.” Anxiety rushed up: worries over relationships, finances, and schedules. But as I gazed at the scene unfolding, I heard the words echoing across the canyon, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
The God who designed this canyon has designed you and me with the same infinite care. When we ponder the greatness of God who watches over all creation, both the Grand Canyon and us, silent awe seems an appropriate response.
Michael C. Lyons (Ohio, U.S.A.)