To really be able to appreciate anything takes time. Time is the one absolutely necessary commodity to ponder or examine anything that longs to be discovered and deserves it. Whatever it is, the deeper, more vast or hidden it is, the more time it takes to fully comprehend it. The Grand Canyon is one such treasure.
Words cannot describe the flood of awe and wonder that overtook us when we walked up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon on our vacation many years ago. Physiologically, our bodies must experience the same thing in moments of reverence, shock or horror. The vast beauty in front of us…. well, it just can’t be described. The English language is just too painfully lacking. John Wesley Powell, the first European explorer to the Grand Canyon, expressed this same frustration when he said:
“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.”
When we visit the Grand Canyon we don’t just catch a glance and walk away or barely give it a nod, but we take time to soak up as much as possible with the limited time a vacation offers. Even though it has already been discovered by many, for us seeing it for the first time, it is brand new. We leave, knowing there was so much more to see and be discovered, and we turn the key in the ignition of our car with a longing to experience all of it. But it takes time. That thing we have so little of. But the wonders of God cannot be fully appreciated without it, and one of those wonders is tugging on our shirt tales every day, gazing up at us, hoping we will gaze back.
Oh, the depth and wonder of the mind and the spirit of a child!! It is just as vast, just as incomprehensible, just as hidden as any natural wonder on this planet.
A valuable treasure, our own little natural wonder, waiting to be discovered and unleashed. That’s how we need to see them and they need to know it.
The Grand Canyon is something we don’t get to see every day, but if we did, it’s fascination and allure would fade. Things commonplace have a way of doing that. I wonder why. Is it because we exhaust all that there is to be realized about it, or do we fail to realize there is more? When it comes to the wonders of life that God has created, certainly there is more, always more, but the fresh luster of what’s already realized also becomes dull because we forget and take for granted the awesome Creator behind it all.
The pace of life keeps us in a habit of glancing and nodding instead of gazing and investing in the wonders around us, the wonders beside us, and the wonders within us.
To stop, gaze and ponder is to notice, appreciate and value the treasures in life that too often go unnoticed. But when we do, what really matters in life begins to come back into sharp focus again.
We and our children are made in the image of God and embody the crowning glory of all of God’s inconceivable creation.
To whatever measure this earth holds mysteries discovered or not, to the same measure is the potential of the minds and spirits of our children and us.
So many untapped resources are buried in cemeteries all across the continents of this planet under the emotional weight of the fear of failure, lack of confidence, low self worth, mediocrity etc. We need to get this in our heads: GOD DOES NOT MAKE JUNK!
May we never underestimate the wonders of the mind and spirit that God has given us or fail to notice the fresh luster of things already realized!
With every wonder uncovered in the development of our children something new and undiscovered is waiting, and the key that unlocks it all is simply in knowing the Master Craftsman. To know Him is to see life from a perspective that brings all things to life and into focus. It changes everything!!!
Maybe you were not so blessed as to have had parents that helped you realize the treasure that God made when he made you. Are you feeling the weight of self defeat, fear of failure or low self worth? What are those untapped resources that have long been buried under the voices in your head that tell the lies you have bought into? Rid yourself of those shackles and breathe again the life giving truths of the Creator of the universe.Psalm 139:13-16
The wonder of all that God created is waiting to be discovered. The wonder in YOU.
Thank you for reading and sharing!
Here are a few things you can do:
- Click HERE to find a ministry that is ready and waiting to help you rid yourself of the weight of your hurts, habits or hangups; breathe again and discover the wonders in you.
- Read Psalm 139:13-16
- Consider choosing three days this week when you can stop and take miniature vacations with your family, even if it’s just fifteen or thirty minutes to read a book or take a walk or explore your back yard. Talk about the unique and special qualities of each member of the family.