“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made.” Psalm 19:1 NCV

My wife and I have made more than a couple of trips to the Grand Canyon, visiting both the north and south rims.

Our first visit was epic. Just she and I, experiencing all the park had to offer. Plus, the bonus of a small earthquake in the middle of the night! I immediately woke up when the bed started shaking. Half expecting a confrontation with an intruder! What a freaky feeling!

The second trip was just my wife and daughter. On the third, we teamed up with a dear friend and her boyfriend.

The first two visits were pre-9/11, so access around the park was pretty much unlimited. Woo-hoo! Post-9/11 visitors no longer have the freedom to explore in personal vehicles. Excursions are now restricted to foot or bike travel, or in large groups on tour buses.

When visiting the Canyon there are a few things that one must do: 1. Hike or ride a mule down into the Canyon. 2. Dine at El Tovar. 3. Get up early, and make your way to the rim to watch the sunrise over the canyon.

When my wife and our then teenage daughter made the trip, our daughter was all-in for two out of three of the must do’s. However, getting up before dawn, while on vacation, was nowhere on her bucket list! No matter how much the misses encouraged her there was nothing coming between her and that warm bed! So, my wife left her to sleep, and made her way to the canyon rim alone.

After later hearing of and viewing the photos of the spectacular sunrise, our daughter grew to regret her decision; realizing she had missed out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness God’s amazing creation “announced” over The Grand Canyon first hand.

The heavens and sky declare God’s creation every day in a myriad of birds, clouds, sunrises, sunsets, and the moon and stars! All can be breathtakingly amazing to see if you just take advantage of the opportunity.

When was the last time you stopped and looked up to witness, first hand, God’s glory declared, and His creation announced?