Christ In The Canyon: The Rock

Christ is everywhere. We can see Him in all things, if only we will look. This creation is a shadow of His very being. Last week we began this series and explored Christ in the Canyon and Christ as the canyon itself. This week let’s look at Christ in the canyon as the rock.


Here is the first segment of this series if you missed it: Christ In The Canyon: The Canyon.


The Layers

As you walk through the canyon you can’t help but notice the walls of rock and stone towering above you, as well as that which is under foot. The entire canyon is carved of rock. You can’t help but notice the colorful layers on display throughout the walls that surround you:

  • Cloud Chief Gypsum Layer
  • Quartermaster Formation
  • Tecovas Formation
  • Trujillo Formation
  • Ogalalla Formation

(Those are in order from the bottom to the top of Palo Duro Canyon. Thanks to my wonderful wife, the geologist, for the information.)

The next time you are out in the canyon look at all of the layers that surround you. Although there are multiple layers of rock stacked high around you as you traverse the trails in the canyon, they are insignificant to the infinite layers of Christ’s life.

There are more layers to Christ than the layers of rock. There are more than you will find in peeling an onion. For almost twenty years I have been peeling back the layers of our Lord. I have yet to find the center; I have yet to find the end. His beauty, majesty, grace, wonder, splendor, mercy, strength, anointing, compassion, wisdom…shall I go on? These can all be found as we explore the layers and depth of Christ.

Even as we explore these layers, and may feel as if we “understand them,” there is still yet more to discover of Him, just as there is always more to explore within the layers in the canyon.


Christ Our Rock

Christ is our rock. Let’s look again at the words of David, from Psalm 62 this time:

My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will you assail a man,
That you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse. Selah.

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.


No matter what is going on around us, Christ is our rock. Even if men are hunting us down and seeking to destroy us as they were David, He is a steadfast and rock-solid foundation. He is our stronghold just as the canyon was for natives so many years ago. The difference between Christ as our rock and the rock of the canyon is Christ will never erode away.

The rock of the canyon will erode and fade from wind and waters, but Christ will never fade. He is unchanging, but our perception of Him will continue to grow; He will only grow bigger, and wider, and deeper as we continue to explore the depths of His life. The canyon is but a mere shadow of the Almighty.


We could go on about Christ as the chief corner stone, we could discuss Him as the stumbling stone to our religiosity and dogmas, and we could discuss Him as the rock that may crush us. For at times we must be crushed so that God can truly use us. We can even see him as the rock from which we drink, as we saw with Moses and the children of Israel.

All of these analogies would still pale in comparison to the infinitude of Christ’s steadfast life as our rock and our source.

Do you see the magnificence of His life? Do you see Him and the shadow of his life in everything around you?

Do you see Him in the rock?

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  1. “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” ― George Washington Carver