Spring Break 2013: Better than Waterfalls

We are creatures of comfort and habit and we stick to our tried and true, but there’s a big wide beautiful world out there. For those who want it, it’s out there. -Matt Costa

Last week, six buddies and I headed out to see the some of the most beautiful places on the planet. More than that, we set out for something different than our life here at Baylor. After a twenty hour drive through the yellow fields of West Texas and the snow-dusted canyons of New Mexico, we loaded our packs and began the ten mile hike into Havasu canyon. Hidden deep in the western portion of the Grand Canyon is Supai, Arizona. The village of two hundred people is the most remote in the lower 48 states, accessible only by helicopter or mule. We arrived in the village at dusk and didn’t see a soul, just mules and a few cattle. It felt like a scene from The Lord of The Rings, hiking through a deserted village through an epic canyon.

In the dark, we trudged deeper into the canyon by the dim light of our headlamps. Finally, we saw a picnic table designating a campsite and set our packs down there. We kept going, quicker now with the heavy load off of our backs. We hadn’t hiked down here for the picnic tables; we came to see Havasu Falls, the attraction that brings tens of thousands of adventure seekers through Supai every year. A quarter mile down the trail, we heard falling water so we went back to get our packs and set up camp at the base of the falls.

This next morning, we woke up to this first scene of the falls.

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I walked out on the rocks at the foot of the falls and opened up my Bible to Psalm 63.

Oh God, You are my God

Earnestly I seek You

My soul thirsts for You

My body longs for You

In this dry and weary land

Where there is no water

I have seen You in Your sanctuary

And beheld Your power and Your glory

Because Your love is better than life

My lips will glorify You

Surely I will praise You all the days of my life

In Your name, I will lift up my hands

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods

With singing lips, my mouth will praise you

Psalm 63:1-5 (emphasis added)

I said this part over and over again:

Your love is better than life

Your love is better than life

Your love is better than life

I was in the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, looking at the bluest water, the crimson canyon walls, and the best friends a person could have and I realized something. God’s love is better than this. The gospel is more beautiful than this. The story God has written that is unfolding as I write, it’s better than this moment. It’s better than anything and it’s worth everything. 

I thought about the effort I put into this moment, the planning, the reservations, getting the gear, making the drive, completing the hike. And I thought that I better put more effort into dwelling in and sharing God’s love. I better be willing to put 3000 miles on my car to spread it. I better give up more than just a week; I better give my life to that mission. Because His love is better than life. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16



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