Back in September, Gary and I hiked at the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. We had an awesome time enjoying the beauty of God's creation and challenging ourselves with some difficult trails. You can see some normal pictures of Angels Landing at Zion here, but today I'd like to show you a different perspective.
If you type "Angels Landing Zion" into Google maps, you'll get an image like the one above. The trail begins down at the bottom, right next to the river. It goes North and then turns and goes South until you reach the top of Angels Landing.
It doesn't look too difficult, does it?
After we were home, Gary decided to look at the trail in satellite view.
All of a sudden we realized what an extreme trail we had been on.
It was scary enough the day we hiked it, but seeing the satellite images reminded us of just how narrow the trail was in places. Just how high the top of Angels Landing was. Just how crazy we were.
Maybe it's good that we didn't see these images before we hiked. We just put one foot in front of the other and kept going until we got to the top.
We hung on tight to the chains along the trail and stopped once in a while to enjoy the view.
It's a little bit like that in our daily lives. We are all on a lifelong journey. We can't even see what the basic trail looks like, let alone the "satellite view" of God.
Our perspective is so limited.
We might be terrified if we saw all of the twists and turns, high mountains, and deep valleys ahead of us in life.
God's perspective is limitless.
He knows all of the ups and downs, the good times and bad times in our lives. He is with us on the journey.
We don't have to see the whole trail before us. We just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and trust God until we get to the end.
Hang on tight to Him, but look around once in a while and enjoy the view.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)
Aren't you glad you can't see all that life has in store for you? How can focusing on God help you to keep moving forward, holding tight to Him and enjoying the journey?