In springtime, we especially enjoy the reawakening delights of the world around us: The ingenuity of camouflage. The intricacy of cell structures. The infinite variety of flowers. The incredible endurance of tiny hummingbirds migrating across the Caribbean. The perfect balance of the ingredients for life. The wisdom of birds in my mom’s yard to figure out how to glue down their nest materials with mud after the wind blew away their first attempts. The exuberance of a deer (seen on Facebook ) dancing in and out of a big puddle. The devotion of a dog….
Eyes to see, ears to hear–all the senses to appreciate all these things. Minds and hearts with which to thank and praise their—and our—Creator.
These are all “Rumors of Another World”—as Philip Yancey says in his book of that title. Glimpses of the transcendence that people are so fascinated with and seek so avidly. It’s all there if only we would open our eyes and hearts!
Heaven above is softer blue, earth around is richer green;
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen.
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauty shine
Since I know, as now I know, I am His and He is mine.
by George W. Robinson
You can hear the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0S5BZJDlGw
Want to see something amazing? Here it is: http://atlasoftheuniverse.com/ Click on the top line that says “12.5 light years from the sun” and keep on going to see layer upon layer of universe until our own solar system and even galaxy are dwarfed into nothing, and we “see” way out to 14 billion light years from the sun. It claims that there are 30 billion trillion stars in the visible universe!
Now imagine what kind of God made all this—and still cares about little ol’ me and you!
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky displays what his hands have made.
One day tells a story to the next.
One night shares knowledge with the next
without their voices being heard.
Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire world,
their message to the ends of the earth.
He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun,
which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom.
Like a champion, it is eager to run its course.
It rises from one end of the heavens.
It circles around to the other.
Nothing is hidden from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6)
Last night we admired that beautiful big orange moon. And again this morning as I sat on the deck and gazed up in amazement at the giant trees lining the back yard, my knees almost felt shaky. Gazing at our awesome God and His incredible artwork brings a thrill far beyond anything else in the world. Then I opened my Bible to Psalm 8:
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them? …
O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Then, in response, this song wells up in my heart:
Who am I that a King would bleed and die for?
Who am I that He would pray, “Not my will, Thine,” for?
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
That to that old rugged cross He’d go
For who am I? (by Charles Goodman)
“I like your jacket.” My husband didn’t hear the compliment from the flight attendant as he boarded the plane, so he repeated, “I like your jacket! It’s retro…in a good way. Members Only label! You could get a good price for it on eBay.”
We hadn’t realized we had such a treasure. My husband had assumed it was rather old-fashioned since he’s had it for maybe 15 years and probably got it second-hand even then. To us, its value is in its practical use, but it’s nice to know that it’s not dowdy after all .
I’m amazed at how God provides for us. Often when hanging up the laundry, I give thanks for this or that garment, or all of them which suit us so well and have been provided in amazing ways.
Why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
…These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (from Matthew 6:28-33)
Speaking of “lilies of the field”—I am delighting in the glorious wildflower displays here in Texas. God’s creative genius and beauty on display! Here are some I saw yesterday.
Last night I enjoyed a great cup of coffee, but it was too late in the evening to not affect my sleep. While waiting to doze off, I took the opportunity to mentally review the content of Psalm 104 which I’d read that morning.
Our whole family memorized this psalm when the kids were little. It’s a guided tour of God’s wonderful creation—from astronomy (the skies) to geology and topography (the earth, mountains, etc.), hydrology (springs, streams, rain), botany (grass, trees, and cultivated plants), zoology (birds, goats, and hyraxes). Then back to the cycles of life marked by the moon and the sun. Then off to oceanography–the ocean with its vast variety of large and small creatures.
God’s glory is seen in the fact that he provides for all of these creatures, determines the length of their lives—and delights in all that he has made! All of this evokes the highest praise from the epitome of creation—you and me! I want to keep my eyes open to each detail of my Father’s artistry and loving care—like that orange lily lying by the back gate and the power of last night’s thunderstorm.