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Rushing Through the Caverns

March 26, 2009 • By

Last week I had the opportunity to take a walk though Carlsbad Caverns with my family.  This underground group of caves is truly amazing.  You have to take an elevator 750 feet below the earth’s surface.  The walking path takes you through 8.2 acres of caverns and tunnels.  There are bottomless pits, natural “draperies” that look like liquid poured from the ceiling and frozen instantly, stalagmites, stalactites, and massive pillars formed naturally over thousands of years.

Among all this natural splendor I couldn’t help but notice the pace of the large crowd of visitors that day.  People were in such a hurry that I often found myself in the way as they moved to pass me.  Some tourists weren’t even looking at the formations or reading the information signs.  They walked briskly by, chatting about hitting the gift shop before going out to dinner.  So much beauty to take in but it was treated like a cheap roadside attraction.

One person who wasn’t in a hurry was my six-year-old son Hudson.  His eyes were as big as can be.  At one point, he looked up at his mother and said, “This must be God’s majesty”.  Someone got it!  Amidst our addiction to consume, take, and move on to the next thing, a little boy recognized the awesome picture God painted for him to enjoy.  How often, in our haste, do we miss out on God’s majesty, on hearing His voice, or on being used to touch a life?

So what?  So slow down, appreciate creation, take less, give more, and ask God to let you experience wonder like a six-year-old.

“Then he said, I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” – Matthew 18:3, 4

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