Staring at Squirrels by the Canyon’s Rim

Our plan all along was to take the big kids to the Grand Canyon when they were “old enough to appreciate it.” We never discussed when that would be–12? 35?–but with our move to Northern Virginia only three weeks away, the time had come.

Needless to say, my expectations were low. Our day trip on Saturday was as much for me to see my favorite landmark again as it was to expose them to it. And indeed, they successfully met my expectations. “It’s fine” was the most effusive comment I could get out of them. The picture above shows them fixated, not on one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but on a pair of squirrels that was playing five feet away.

Perhaps Sophia, Stephan, and Marcus will all grow up to join the company of adults who are only mildly impressed by the Grand Canyon. I would like to think that at least one of them will join me in the Canyon Enthusiasts club. One day, when Marcus is in his late 20s, we will make the trip north of Williams and stand in awe of the expansive, multi-layered, soul-engulfing depths. I will pull up the picture above, and he will wonder how he could have stared at squirrels when such a vista lay in front of him.

That, of course, is the dilemma facing followers of Jesus every day. We stare at Facebook. We stare at TV shows. We stare at sporting events. We stare at politics. We stare at the news. Like squirrels, these are perfectly fine things to stare at. But we should feel a little silly and a little more convicted if we ignore the vista beyond them that is the glory of God. In the pages of scripture we behold intimate connection, unrivaled power, supreme wisdom, and fathomless love in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Often time, patience, and much prayer for illumination is needed to see the glory. But it is there for us to view with the eyes of faith.

Make time in your day for reading God’s word, meditating on it, and discussing what you have seen with fellow glory-seekers in Christ. You were created to behold glory. Don’t miss it because you spent all your time staring at squirrels.

Pastor Chris

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