Years ago, I visited Scottsdale, AZ. I took a desert tour and was absolutely stunned by how much beauty there is in the desert. Our guide showed us giant saguaro cacti, and told us that it takes 30 or more years for them to bloom. Imagine that; 30 years can be a human being’s lifetime.
I also drove up to Flagstaff so that I could see the Grand Canyon in person. I had a guide take me up Bright Angel Pass, and she told me that the Colorado River began forming the canyon almost 17 million years ago.
When I got to the edge of the canyon, I was overcome with the mass and breadth of it—not to mention the amazing colors. It was a cloudy and windy day, so as the clouds scudded by, you could see the colors in the canyon change from brown to black to orange to sepia to red and to gray. It was like looking through a massive kaleidoscope.
Think if it; 17 million years to make this incredible canyon! It made me think of all things that take time to mature:
- A tiny acorn can produce a massive oak tree, given enough time and the right circumstances.
- A giant clam can take over 100 years to develop.
- Tortoises are famously long-lived. The oldest known tortoise, Adwaita, was the pet of British General Robert Clive, before he was brought to a zoo in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). When he finally died, scientists placed his age at over 250 years old, many sources saying 255, others, 257.
- Halley’s comet will next appear in the night sky in the year 2062. It orbits the sun every 75-76 years, and I believe the last time it came by was in 1986.
Of course, humans are not comets, or giant clams or saguaro cacti. We come to earth as helpless babies, depending on our parents for everything. Our lifespans are puny compared to some species.
So, all that being said, it makes me wonder—what are we growing into, and how long does it take?
Think I will just think on that today. Join me if you like.