Tonto Natural Bridge is a natural arch in Payson, Arizona, that is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world, standing at 183 feet tall. It went through several stages of development. First formed by lava flow. Then covered by sea water. Again covered in lava…undergoing transformation after transformation to finally become what it is today. You can read more about how it was created on Tonto Natural Bridge State Park’s website, here. There are several trails you can hike at very easy-moderate levels, and it is definitely worth a visit.
Upon entry into the cave, you notice how alive it is. In one form or another, it mirrored human life to me.
The more I travel and the more of the earth I come to explore, the more I come to understand the very nature of life itself. Like the earth, life requires a process for us to become our most sacred, beautiful selves. There is a verse in the Bible, that explains it better than I possibly could. Ecclesiastes 3:11 –
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Beauty transcends beyond physical appearances. It is a harmony of spirit deeply rooted in our beings. We are all built from the ground up and made to be beautiful in our own time. Our journeys shape us into who we are meant to be. And without our hardships, without our pain, without the storms we’re required to weather — we may never come to know the miraculous nature of who He intended us to be. Sometimes it takes those unexpected things to activate what lies dormant within us.
But that’s the joy of it. To continue forward knowing with a gentle assurance, that we were created to be diamonds, not dust. And the earth is our reminder to continue to live, moment by moment, as a beautiful force of nature.