The Grand Canyon and a GREAT LOVE

ImageI’ve never been to the Grand Canyon but I really want to go some day. From all accounts I’ve heard or read, it’s pretty breath-taking.

Here are a few: “the most stunning sight in the world”,  “nothing prepared me for it”, “unbelievable”, “unforgettable”, “awestruck”, “spectacular”, “words can’t really do it justice”,

“Everyone takes something away from it.”

Sounds pretty amazing to me. Most people I’ve talked to who have visited seem to have the picture of it (especially at sunset) burned into their memories with a surprising clarity. They can give details and even in the description their gazes get foggy as they recall the magnificence of what they saw.

Even more than seeing the Grand Canyon, I want my awareness of God’s love to be like that. So utterly clear to my mind that I can draw upon it, marinate in it, and bathe in the beauty of it even when it isn’t clearly right in front of me.

All those descriptions of the Grand Canyon fit God’s love – and His love is even more amazing, more life-changing, more eternal….as crazy at that sounds for those of you who’ve actually SEEN the Canyon.

I wonder what it would be like if we could hold the ‘picture’ of His love, grasp it, for a little longer than 10 seconds. I wonder how it would change how we view the little and big things that happen in our lives.

In light of His great love, we recognize how much He takes care of us – how much He’s given us, how secure His hold is on our souls, and how little we need to worry about the disappointments of today or fears of tomorrow.

Oh, how I pray we have the view Paul wrote about in Ephesians:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17a-19
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