Have you ever gone out walking late at night in the winter? Far from the city lights, where stars thick as cream swirl above your head in a dazzling display of color and light. There is nothing like seeing the Milky Way in winter from the mountains of Colorado. It always seemed to me as if God had spilled a box of glitter across the sky and had forgotten to sweep it up. Stars so close, if one had a basket, they could be gathered together like seashells at the beach for taking home.
The glory of God, it’s all around us! It’s there for everyone to see. And, if you can’t see, then, you can smell, touch, and feel the exquisite glory of God, which is on display in us, around us and over us every moment of every day.
I like how the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning puts it:
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But, only he who sees takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries.”
Isn’t that the truth? Every one sees, but, not every one “sees”.
If we set out to make a list of the great things God has done for us just in our own daily lives, it would take all of eternity to even get a good start!
1) Thank you, God for my beating heart.
2) Thank you, God, for the air I breathe.
3) Thank you, God for eyes with which to see
4) Thank you God for ears to hear …..
….. and, on and on we go ….. 999 million yet to go and we’ve just started with the body!
No wonder the Bible declares:
“You are worthy, O Lord, our God to receive glory, honor and power for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
I received an e-mail a couple of days ago from Steve Coerper of Anakypto Forum and he is at present promoting a video on his website titled – “How Great Is Our God” by Lou Giglio. If you haven’t seen it before, I encourage you to check it out. You won’t be disappointed. It is excellent! As Steve pointed out, (and, I agree) it would be beneficial during these troubled times for us to focus not on how bad it is – but, rather how great and how good our God is! http://www.rogershermansociety.org/giglio.htm
As tragedies strike, as they will and they have, we must be convinced in our hearts of God’s goodness and his love; in spite of what we see. There are always those who will ask why, (and, who will question God’s goodness), but, for those whose hearts are already hardened towards God there is no answer that will suffice. Without the spirit of God, it is impossible to understand how intricately God’s grace, mercy and love are tied to his justice and his righteousness.
After all, it was his love and mercy that brought him to the cross in response to his holiness and righteousness that required the penalty for sin. Therefore, the two are inextricably intertwined and neither can fully be demonstrated without the other.
Our hearts are wrenched at the thought of children buried beneath tons of rubble in the Oklahoma tornado, (and, rightly so) but, hardly a sigh goes forth for the tens of thousands murdered every year in our nations abortion mills. The blood, of whom, cry out to God every day for justice. A silent cry; a cry that we don’t hear, but, he does. And, every day, he waits for us to take action. And, he waits and he waits. Until finally, the cries become too much and he can wait no longer. And, the nation living fat on decadence and luxury is not spared even their own children, whom, they claim to love; but, they don’t.
Love in its purest form demands justice. Would it be just for God to absolve a nation, who cares nothing for their young? Who do evil continually without remorse or repentance? Would it be love to allow them to continue in their evil ways? I think not.
Look at the society we have become in the last forty years. Is it any wonder that God says: STOP! I’ve had enough.
It’s starting to rain and I can smell it before I can hear it. And, it smells so good and so fresh! The sound of the big drops pattering against the window, mesmerize me, they are like music, a symphony of sound that I appreciate and relish so much more now than I ever did before, when, I had two good ears to hear with. God is watering his earth! How wonderful is that!
And, flowers bloom and trees bear fruit and God’s goodness explodes in to being all around us every minute of every day.
How Great is Our God! HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD! HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!
Amen and Amen!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper, who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy