Mountains have an issue date. Millions of years in the making, they were formed in three different ways:
- Mountains grow under pressure as a result of Earth’s tectonic plates smashing together;
- Or they emerge based on volcanic activity;
- Or they are carved through erosion;
An astonishing example of erosion on the North American continent is the Grand Canyon. Its story is fascinating! While the Colorado River has been carving the Grand Canyon for only 6 million years, it is flowing through canyons that date back to about 70 million years ago. Experts are still split over the exact age of the Grand Canyon. The Himalayas are generally thought to have arisen from the collision of India and Asia 55 million years ago – although the age of the Himalayas is also in question. Some go as far as 450 million years. We simply don’t know because we have not been around long enough to watch and record the forming of the mountains.
The age span of mountain ranges puts our own issue date into perspective. There are many things that have preceded us. God took His time to form the mountains. He was there before the mountains were born.
Relying on the Rock of Ages, we are in good company. All of creation does. Maybe this helps us realize that some things may not materialize in our life time and be OK with it. Microwaved solutions smell of impatience anyway. Patience builds mountains over millions of years while impatience leaves destruction in its wake. “Well” – you might say – “I don’t have a million years!” Personally, I think if we thought beyond our own generation, if we thought of the generations to come, then we would go about our business in a slightly different fashion. It starts with preserving this planet for our children and children’s children. Peace is definitely the best legacy we can leave them.
I believe that every peacemaking effort forms a mountain in its own right: a mountain of peace, a monument of God’s love. Our lifetime maybe short compared to the Himalayas, but our impact goes beyond our generation and contributes to a better tomorrow.