A kind man probably in his early 70s was taking photos as we enjoyed sunset over the Grand Canyon. I was sitting on a rock with my notebook, we began chatting, and he asked if he could take my picture. I said sure, and after he captured the moment, he said “It’s nice, you just enjoying the world.” That’s what we did for a week, to celebrate marriage and God’s creation gifts.
1,584 miles driven
36 miles walked
3 National Parks – Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon
This was probably one of the most fun, adventurous, refreshing (while also challenging at some points) trips I’ve ever been on. Hours in the car proved perfect time for conversations about topics both complex and simple. We laughed a lot, cheered each other on during difficult hikes, and were continually inspired by nature.
We marveled at the world, and felt the wonder of being a small humble, valuable, Image-bearing creation of God’s. This splurge of an adventure, full of land unlike anything I’ve ever seen, marked me in a special way. We made unique memories we’ll reflect on for the rest of our lives. And I must say, the adventure of marriage, of relationships, might be up to par with the 8 mile roundtrip hike to the highest point in Zion (the last photo) — challenging, need of support, strength-building, and so very worth it when you reach a new point of beauty, perspective, resolution, or greater love. Amen?
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Psalm 62:5-7