Grand Canyon with river in center

Carving Canyons: A Testament to Perseverance

by Marie Grace

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”

(Galatians 6:9, NIV).


Once upon a time, a stream trickled along the desert floor in the arid expanses of the American Southwest. Year after year, the water flowed on its journey, through scorching summers and freezing winters. Over countless decades, with unassuming consistency, this unremarkable river sculpted one of nature’s grandest masterpieces: the Grand Canyon.

At first, the connection between a small brook and the creation of such a massive geological marvel might seem incredible. Yet, it beautifully illustrates the profound impact of perseverance. Similarly, our consistent efforts which may feel insignificant, can lead to spectacular outcomes.

Perseverance isn’t about massive, dramatic actions, but about the quiet determination that keeps us moving forward daily. It’s about faith in our ability to make a difference, even when our efforts seem as small as a desert stream. Like that simple flow, we often can’t see the larger picture of the grand canyons we are carving, but with every action, every choice, and every decision to keep going, we form our future.

As writers, we face mountains of self-doubt and valleys of rejection, but we must continue. We carve our masterpieces by continuing to shape words, refine sentences, and restructure stories. Like the stream, the profound impact of our persistence follows our dogged work, which forms beneath the surface and emerges with time.

So, when you’re faced with a daunting challenge or a blank page, reflect on that desert stream. It didn’t carve the Grand Canyon in a day or even a century. Yet today we still marvel at the persistence, resilience, and unyielding commitment that produced such breathtaking beauty.


Dear Lord, guide us in our journey just as the stream finds its way. Strengthen our spirits, allowing us to persevere through doubts and challenges. Foster within us the patience to see beyond the immediate, understanding that every word we weave, every line we form, is part of a larger masterpiece in the making. Encourage us to press on, to carve our canyons with the power of perseverance. Amen.


Marie Grace headshot

Marie Grace is a Boston-born educator, currently inspiring minds as a part-
time college professor. She leverages her wealth of knowledge and passion
for teaching to empower her students. With a deep commitment to lifelong
learning, Marie exemplifies the belief that education transcends the
confines of the classroom. She loves exploring her hometown’s rich history
and culture when not engaged in academia

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