Grander Than the Grand Canyon

Every Sunday, I meet up with my friends in Katipunan to talk about life. We share funny anecdotes (today, the top story had something to do with fried chicken), what we’re grateful for, how we can practically apply lessons from the Bible in our lives, and everything in between.

Earlier, as we read the story of creation in Genesis, I couldn’t help but tear up, knowing that the very God who created the universe is the same God who created me. An image of the Grand Canyon flashed in my mind. Yesterday, I was telling my boyfriend about that massive river valley—it was the most beautiful, breathtaking thing I’ve ever seen.

I can still remember how my knees trembled as I stood on the edge, overlooking the valley, soaking it all in. The perfect gradient of pink, orange, and blue. The quiet skyline. The million-age rock formations standing still. Majestic. Wise. I was in love with Creation—how it made me finite and infinite at the same time. I remember whispering a two-word prayer in my head, over and over again: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

But wait—that’s not the end of the story. God created all these beautiful mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans—but He also commanded us to take dominion over them. We have the responsibility to protect and respect creation. Wait, what? I found it hard to grasp—how I, an imperfect, impatient, incredibly small human being, have dominion over something as majestic and massive as the Grand Canyon.

But in His word, He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Sometimes, it’s easy to think that our lives don’t matter—that we are small and insignificant. That our decisions can’t make a difference; that our lifestyle can’t create a ripple of influence; that our voices can’t call for change. But let’s remember that we are fearfully, wonderfully made. That we were created by the Creator. That God gave us a purpose far bigger than ourselves, far greater than what we can imagine—far grander than the Grand Canyon.

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