I love traveling. It intrigues me. For me, traveling is a way to see God’s creation in ways I don’t get to see back home. And recently I got to travel around Arizona during spring break. I went to Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Rio Verde, and hiked the Grand Canyon.
On Sunday, our day started bright and early. We woke up around 3:30am and arrived around 10:30 to Fountain Hills, Arizona. Later that day, we went on a hike which overlooked the Fountain which was BEAUTIFUL.
On Monday, we woke up and took a 3 mile morning walk on the golf course. Around noon, we had a boat ride which overlooked the Salt River. Later that night we had dinner at a nice golf club.
On Tuesday, we traveled to Sedona where we shopped and had lunch. We also stopped to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Then, we hopped back in the car and traveled to Flagstaff where we shopped again and had dinner.
On Wednesday, we went to the Grand Canyon and hiked the south rim on a trail called Bright Angel.
On Thursday, we hiked a beautiful scenic trail which was a five mile hike in Rio Verde. Later, we had dinner with family and played ping pong.
On Friday, we went to Old Scottsdale where we had lunch and shopped.
I loved the memories I got to make in Arizona, the pictures I got to capture in my head of the beautiful world around me, and the smiles and laughs of joy, but I also loved how I could learn more about God during that time too.
Here are the main takeaways from my trip:
1. God doesn’t just stay in Columbia
I used to think God was the type of person to stay in my room while I was on vacation so I could have fun, or that God was the type to stay in the halls of the church. But that is not true. God’s presence came with me to Arizona and convicted my heart of these lessons, which is why I can write to you. God isn’t the type of person to stay in one place. He is everywhere. He moves with us and his presences lives within us.
Where can I go from Your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence. Psalm 139:7-12
2. I take a lot of things for granted at home
I came to Arizona and was so in awe of how beautiful the landscape, sunsets, mountains, and lakes were. But home I never make comments of how beautiful it is. If I were to see a sunset at home, I would think there is just another Columbia sunset. But in Arizona, I can’t help but sit and think, my God is great and creates beautiful things. I take a lot of things for granted at home because I’ve seem them a lot but those things are actually a representation God’s work and the beauty of the world the Creator, created.
3. God created all the mountains, yet still thinks we are more beautiful
I got to see so many awesome things while on this trip — the Grand Canyon, Saguaro River, red rocks, Four Peaks — and every time, I was in awe and thought that is so beautiful. But Jesus looks at us the same way we look at mountains and cliffs, and thinks we are more beautiful. He looks at us and says that we are his prized possession, that we are his good creation.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6
4. God is powerful
While looking at the beautiful mountains, lakes, and cliffs, I couldn’t help but think God is powerful. There is no one else in this whole world, not even the best architect, who could create something as beautiful as God did when he created the world. Our God is powerful.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5
The same God who created the mountains, also created you and me.
And when I look back at my trip to Arizona, I will sit on my porch: A huge gust of wind will approach, and my mind will rush to reflect on the views I saw but most importantly the God I learned to know.