Creativity at its Best

It amazes me at times how the earth, the heavens, the atmosphere and all created things tell of God’s glory.  Psalm 19:1 says “the heavens declare the glories of God”.   Isaiah 6: 3 says, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”  It set me to thinking. 

The oceans and the power of the waves crashing against the rocks or the shore roars with God’s almighty power

 

The spray of mist of water coming off of those waves remind me of the way the Holy Spirit revitalizes my soul

The mountains in all their magnificence shout of the majesty of God

The amazing colors one can see standing on those mountains and looking out across creation tell of His stunning creativity

The wispiness of a California poppy catching the breeze speaks to me of His gentle care of our souls and hearts

The intricacy of the wings of a monarch butterfly as it hovers over a milk weed plant whispers to me of how multilayered and multifaceted He is

And the list could go on unending.

There is no doubt that the heavens declare God’s glory as the sun reflects Him only partially and the stars as they twinkle sing His praises.  The thunder roars His power and the lightening crackles with a fraction of His force. 

Everything He created knows to shout His praise.  Only one has to be taught.  Humans.  I Chronicles 16:33a says, “Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD” In Luke we see Jesus having a conversation with some Pharisees who wanted those who were praising Him to be quiet.  Jesus said, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  I don’t know about you but, though it may be awe inspiring to see stones crying out in praise to God, I don’t want to see that because it would mean I’m not doing what should flow so naturally from within me. 

God gave us all of His creation to enjoy but also to remember Who to praise.

I love Psalm 104 especially verse 5-9a which reads like this:

“He set the earth on its foundations, it can never be moved.  You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  But at Your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of Your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place You assigned for them.  You set a boundary they cannot cross.”

The Psalm ends with these words:  Praise the LORD O my soul.  Praise the LORD.”

I hope and pray that today is a day we each choose to praise Him for all of His incredible creations and to be reminded of all He has given us.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

My husband               My son                   My parents                  My siblings

My church family     My friends                  the ocean               the lake

rushing rivers        waterfalls  the first rainfall of the season    the grand oak trees

butterflies                Canada     books        reading         the book of Daniel

Mary and Hannah in the Bible    God’s word hidden deep within my heart

music               Diet Dr. Pepper         my dog

sleep                         writing                               health                teaching

These are a few of my favorite things…as the song goes…

I love pondering, remembering, reminiscing, enjoying these things.  I love…in different ways…all of these things and people…but…there’s always a “but” now isn’t there….

These are a few of the wonderful blessings with which God has blessed my life.  I really wanted to list all of the people with whom God has blessed my life over the years.  But, there would not be enough room.

These blessed things and the blessings of people are a treasure but I can easily make any of these things an idol…that thing or person that becomes more important to me, of a stronger influence in my heart, that which takes more time…than God.

I’m thankful that lately I’ve been challenged to take a serious look at where I spend my energy, attention, time, dedication, etc.  I’m thankful that once again, God has been reminding me that He wants to be first…above all.

The things that can steal my attention, worship, loyalty, reverence can easily be the things I think I’m doing “for” Him.  The things that can rob His praise and awe can be stress and worry and heartache.  The evil one has such a deceitful, cunning way of trying to dislodge my focus from where and on Whom it needs to be.  There are some areas I am generally aware and know the warning signs…but, it’s when I get blindsided…

But, that’s when I am reminded again by His sweet, quiet whispers that He is there to help me and strengthen me and get my mind and heart and eyes back on Him.  He reminds me of Who is most important.  He sings over me (Zephaniah 3:17) and brings back to me the memories of the times past when He has seen me through, pulled me through, walked me through, carried me through.

Those “favorite things” can’t do that for me.  Oh, my family, loved ones, friends can help remind me.  His creation can point my attention to Him.  But, HE is the One Who raises me up to walk with Him, to worship Him anew, to hope in Him, to trust Him, to lodge my faith in Him, to love Him because He first loved me.

“Lord, today…one day at a time, moment by moment may I be directed toYou.  May I worship only You.  May my heart always draw nearer to You.  Nothing but You.  No one but You.  For You are…You will always be…I love You, Lord.”