The first day we saw Rainbow Bridge it was 114 degrees. There were several tour boats at the dock when we arrived. While on the path, some people looked like they weren’t going to make it because of the intense heat. They were barely moving their feet along the path. Some were sitting down on rocks drinking water from their Camelbaks to keep from getting heat illness.
There were groups of kids who were really loud and obnoxious. That wasn’t really the way we wanted to experience this magnificent monument. Still it was a sight to behold! Rainbow Bridge is one of the largest natural bridges in the world at 290 feet and 270 feet across. A 25-story building could sit inside of it!
As we traveled back to our campsite I said, “Why don’t we go back tomorrow? Let’s get up before sunrise and maybe there won’t be so many people there.”
We had to wait to leave until the sun started rising. The water level is low on Lake Powell so not all protruding rocks are marked with buoys. If we left before daylight we may not see a rock right under the surface that could damage our boat. I have to add here that a rock sticking up sometimes isn’t just a little rock. It could be a part of a canyon!
So as soon as we could see well, we took off. When we arrived to dock our boat at the landing, there was only one other boat with two park rangers in the boat about to leave. We said good morning to them. They replied, “You get to have Rainbow Bridge all to yourself. Nobody else is here yet. Enjoy your day.”
I was so excited as we began our trek. There wasn’t a sound except the cool breeze whistling through the canyon.
God wants us to delight in His creations; it was for us that He created Earth and appointed us as His caretakers. However, what we see now—though beautiful—is nothing to compare with what it will be! “
“For the creation was subjected to frustration….” wrote Paul, “we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth…. Not only so, but we ourselves,….wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:20–23)
God made His creation for everybody to enjoy. And the wonder of it all, not only do we get to enjoy it, but also God chose us as coheirs with Christ in owning His blessings for eternity!