Earth is crammed with heaven

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Let the seas resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord …” Psalm 98:7-9 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Earth is crammed with heaven”
I’m an outdoors person. I’ve always loved being outside. As early as I can remember in my childhood, I would be out of the house early in the morning and my mother would have to come looking for me in the evening. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, it didn’t matter – I was outside.
I’m still like that now. If I have a choice between being inside or outside, I choose outside. My wife and kids have often laughed at me because even in the middle of winter I’ll be sitting outside on the porch – heavy coat, blanket, space heater blowing on me, drinking coffee and reading a book. I especially enjoy exploring the outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, motorcycle riding, on a mountain bike, traveling – God has created a beautiful world and we should get out and enjoy it.
Years ago, I came across a great little poem by the 19th century English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It has become one of my favorites. She wrote of how it is that the most beautiful things on earth are actually glimpses of heaven. Heaven itself is hinted at and revealed in God’s amazing creation. She wrote:
“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he wo sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
That’s profound and insightful. Glimpses of heaven are evident all around us, but we have to pay attention to see it. We have to get out and look for it. This is especially true in our culture today where so many people have become sedate. The trend is to spend large amounts of time indoors staring at screens. Therefore, it’s increasingly important we be intentional about getting outside to experience and appreciate God’s amazing creation.
We’ll come back to this thought tomorrow. For now, I encourage all of us to go outside and get a little glimpse of heaven, because earth is crammed with it. Evidence of God is everywhere.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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