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A Glorious Gift

A Glorious Gift
by Eva Menachov

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” – Psalm 145:5
 
Over the holidays I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Canyon de Chelly, a national monument located on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona. The people of Navajo Nation named one of the most significant formations Spider Rock. This tower of rock protrudes about 800 feet into the air from the canyon floor and can be viewed from an overlook on the edge of the canyon. 
 
As I stood there, listening to the roaring sound of true silence, I couldn’t help but think of when God tells Moses that he will place him in a cleft of a rock and cover him with his hand as God’s glory passes by (Exodus 33:22).  Surely, a magnificent space like this canyon must be a place where God walked by. To imagine the creator of the universe leaving his mark before me was enough to make my knees wobble! 
 
It’s easy for me to be amazed by God’s creation and gifts when I’m face to face with a breathtaking view and seemingly endless horizon.  But what about God’s ultimate gift, Jesus? The creator of this wonderous canyon also chose to dwell among us, die for us, and remain with us until his return.  How often do I stop to acknowledge the amazing presence of the Holy Spirit that God so generously left with us? 
 
The fact that Jesus is devoted and invested in me, even though he molded the earth with his fingertips, is truly enough to bring me to my knees. Meditating on his works, and simply resting in his presence is enough to bring peace and calm to my chaotic world. I can experience that same silence and awe as I did at the canyon, simply by acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. 
 
I don’t have to go to a canyon to experience God, although what a blessing his creations are!  I can experience him at all times and in all places, truly a glorious gift.