Originally published Tuesday, 29 October 2013.
Often plans don't go according to our schedule. Disappointments, delays, and roadblocks often test our ability to give thanks in all circumstances. A detour can threaten our peace of mind and unsettle our spirits. No doubt anyone who has lived a very short time can identify with disappointment...even kindergartners cry, "that's not fair!"
Occasionally overturned plans lead to better paths.
So was the case with our trip to Arizona with Going the Distance Adventure Ministries (GTD). Leader and ministry founder, Doug Garner, joked he feared the government shutdown would lead to a Grand Canyonless trip to Arizona. However, due to Doug's tenacity, tireless efforts, and the Lord's blessing, we were able to experience abundantly more than Plan A had allowed for.
Initially, our itinerary included the choice of a day hike to Plateau Point or a ride to the North Rim to conquer the 26 mile Rim to Rim hike in one day. Many of us had trained for months for this chance of a lifetime hike from Rim to Rim. We also planned hours of rest and relaxation in Williams, Flagstaff, and Sedona, Arizona. Conversely, with the government shutdown here is what we were able to experience as Doug's Plan B:
- Hiking (22 miles) and Camping in the Supai Indian portion of the Grand Canyon with the breathtaking views of Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls (which towers 26 feet above Niagara).
- Horseshoe Bend
- Antelope Canyon
- Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona
- Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona
Interspersed between all of these beautiful sights was apologetic teachings on the world wide flood and the subsequent formation of one of the world's natural wonders, the Grand Canyon by Dr. Aaron Walp. After two years listening to Dr. Walp's teachings and a year of bits and pieces reading on my own, I can confidently say that the rocks are crying out to the glory of God. It is the glory of man to study and understand the story the rocks are telling.
It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them. (Proverbs 25:2, NLT)
As we have settled back into our "normal routines" I have pondered the lessons learned on our adventure. There are many to share, and many more pictures to help illustrate the lessons. I can't wait to weave the stories and the spiritual truths together over the next few weeks with you as I share our pictures.
In the face of unexpected changes and revealed truths, God answers our prayers in His own way and time to bring about the most glory for Himself from all the nations.
Praise you Lord Jesus for safe travel and a Plan B that exceeded our expectations!
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! (Psalm 61:1-4, NLT)
*Special thanks to my fellow GTD friends for the use of a few of these photos.