“When I consider the works of Your hands…”

This past week I went to Arizona with my family and experienced the wild, wild west.  We flew into Scottsdale and drove to Williams, which is the last little town on the Route 66 loop, toured the Grand Canyon, drove back to Scottsdale, wandered through Old Tucson, played by the pool, enjoyed the very, very dry heat, and, of course, each other.

Throughout our trip, and especially our time in the Grand Canyon, I was reminded over and over of the greatness of the God that we serve.  There are no words that can describe or pictures that can truly do justice to the beautiful, wild vastness of the mighty west.  It was beauty like I have never seen in person before.  It completely redefined the term that I had in my head.

As we wandered down one of the trails into the Grand Canyon, it hit me that the Grand Canyon is one of the few places in the world that is almost completely untamed.  Sure, there are structures around the Canyon and there are gift shops everywhere you turn, but as you go down into the Canyon and you see the great rock walls, there is really nothing tame about it.

While I am completely convinced that there is nothing that I can say or show you to give an example of exactly what I mean, we have all seen pictures of the Grand Canyon and the intricate detail of the design is hard to miss.  In my mind, there is no doubt that the Grand Canyon was a purposeful design and there is nothing accidental about it.

For me, as I sat looking at the splendor of the creation, I felt like God was showing me Himself.  The untamed beauty, the wild expression of grandeur, the specific design, and the vast openness all pointed to a beautiful, specific, vast God with a wild heart.  Just as He gave us a piece of land that cannot be tamed or completely understood, He has given us Himself; a God that cannot be tamed or completely understood.  What love He must have for us to give us beauty beyond measure!

Psalm 8

For the director of music.
A psalm of David.

1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise [b]
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!