“Another beautiful day in the Canyon,” I said to myself as I watched a light snowfall cover the pines outside my church’s window. My church, Chapel in the Hills, is located at the base of one of the mountains here in Coal Creek Canyon. If you know the area well, you will recall the hiking trail that is located directly behind our church. To my delight, this trail is frequented throughout the week. A few weeks back, some of the people who attend the church and I hiked this trail. Given that I am new to the area, I figured it was important that I get a good lay of the land. As we climbed higher and higher, I was able to see the majority of the community that resides here in the Canyon. When we reached the peak, we grabbed seats on the nearest cliff face that overlooks the canyon. As I sat there, one of the things that struck me was the sheer beauty of this place. What a beautiful land we live in!
My wife and I moved to the Canyon this January and still cannot get over how beautiful this area truly is. Coming from the beautiful and congested streets of Denver down below to the swaying pines and flowing waters of Coal Creek Canyon, we are so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful community. As we drove up the Canyon with our 20-foot Uhaul, which was not so easy, a few verses came to mind that seemed to capture the moment perfectly. Psalm 104:10-13 says, “You make the spring gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. For your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.”
Have you ever gazed at these beautiful mountains and wondered if there is something more? Have you ever listened to the flowing streams and asked if there is a greater significance or purpose to life? Have you ever watched the hummingbird’s wings flutter and imagined that there is some grand designer? According to the passage above, the beauty that surrounds us here in the Canyon is a proclamation of the Creator’s majestic works. This may sound odd, but we love the majesty of creation because it highlights our insignificance. To demonstrate this reality, think back to the last time you sat or stood near the edge of a cliff. Have you ever not felt so alive and yet so small at the same time? Or think back to the last time you watched the snowfall and realized just how quiet and surreal life truly is. Nevertheless, your feelings of insignificance made you value the experience that much more. Why do we enjoy the feeling of insignificance? This is because we were created to behold glory. Humanity was created to observe the majestic works of God’s hands and to respond in worship!
One of the first memorable experiences that I had with nature here in the Canyon was with a mule deer that I effectually named Bucky. As I watched Bucky bed down in my yard for the night, I praised God for His beautiful creation. Is it not amazing to live where we do, and to behold the beauty that we see every day? Perhaps you too have gazed upon the majestic mountains, the flowing waters, or the beating wings of a hummingbird only to wonder whether there is more to life. I want to encourage you that there absolutely is. God created you to behold His glory, and to find your purpose and value in Him. In fact, Jesus said that he came to give us life so that we might have it more abundantly. So if you have been wondering if there is more, I am reminding you that there absolutely is. We were created to glorify the Creator by beholding His mighty works and to find satisfaction in relationship with Him, which is available through faith in His Son, Jesus.
– Pastor Todd Fletcher of Chapel in the Hills