The Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Its vastness is stunning and the exceptional natural beauty is considered one of the world’s most visually powerful landscapes, with its plunging depths and temple-like buttes.
Of course, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions with nearly five million visitors each year. Most of them see it from their car at lookouts along the South Rim, the most accessible part. A smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which rises a thousand feet higher than the South Rim, but is much less accessible. The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rims and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, or river runners.
Mules, chosen for their strength and stability, have been used since the 1920s to carry visitors from around the world down the precipitous canyon trails. Mule ride tours are considered to be THE way to see and experience the Grand Canyon.
To descend the Grand Canyon it is necessary to travel on narrow ledges with only enough room for a mule to get a foothold. The ribbons of rock that run along the edges of towering cliffs overlook vertical precipices that descend hundreds of feet to the valley below.
Mule riders MUST be prepared to let the mule find its own way.
The slightest touch on the bridle may easily throw both the animal and its rider over the cliff to sudden death.
“Hands off the bridle” is the rule that must be followed for complete safety.
SO IT IS WITH THE BELIEVER’S LIFE
We walk by faith, not by sight. We have guaranteed victory over the world, the flesh and the devil when we “take our hands off” our own lives and allow Holy Spirit to guide, control, enable and empower us.
If we would keep from having sinful doubts and from falling into despair, we must “lay the bridle” on the neck of faith, committing our way to our God. No matter the dangers that surround us, we KNOW that HE will never leave us or forsake us; that He will guide and direct us; that His loving arms are around us; that we dwell in safety in Him.
There is a way which seems right to man,
but the end thereof is the way of death.
As for God, His way is perfect . . . And He makes my way perfect.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.
I will guide you with My eye.
Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are His everlasting arms.