Yesterday, I took a tour of Ruby Falls, America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall. The attraction has been named one of the ten most incredible cave waterfalls on the planet.
It was founded in 1928 by a man named Leo Lambert, a local cave enthusiast. After endless hours of crawling through unchartered darkness, Lambert discovered a majestic and unexplained waterfall hidden more than 1,120 feet below the surface of the Mountain.
As I listened to the tour guide describe Lambert’s voyage, I began to think about the movie, Shawshank Redemption.
Suddenly, Morgan Freeman appeared in my head, narrating the prison escape of the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne – albeit, without the contrived jokes of a hokey tour guide.
“Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side” – Red
While most people stop crawling once they learn to stand, others need to crawl through unimaginable darkness and uncertainty in order to find beauty or reclaim freedom.
If you ever find yourself on all fours, just make sure to keep crawling until you uncover whatever it is you are seeking.
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