I saw this view in a brochure about Canyonlands National Park before we ever went in person, and I knew I wanted to go there. So on our road trip to the Desert Southwest in 2014, we swung through Moab, Utah to see both Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
At Canyonlands, layers of canyons surround you, plus the backdrop of the gorgeous LaSal Mountains provides uncommon scenic beauty. It was more beautiful in person than any picture that could ever be taken of it.
Deserts can be beautiful, but they are not welcoming. However, at times God allows His people to go through deserts.
“For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.” Nehemiah 9:21.
Yet through those deserts, He provides everything that we need. Even when we are rebellious and our willful disobedience leads us to wander in a desert, God’s mercy tenderly continues to provide our needs and nudge us back towards Him.
This verse from Nehemiah is referring to the Israelites wandering in the desert following their refusal to faithfully follow God into the Promised Land. Though there was a price to pay for this act of rebellion, the Lord never left them nor abandoned them. He continued to protect them and provide for them.
I’ve experienced this too – God’s love, mercy, and grace in the face of my disobedience. When He had every reason to walk away from me, He walked towards me. What an amazing God He is, who would use even my wilderness wanderings to show me how much He loves me.