|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God is present in His creation, for those who will see”
Mondays are normally my day off and I usually plan some outdoor activity. This past Monday was a beautiful autumn day, sunny and in the low 50s, the leaves beginning to change colors. So, I decided to go for a long hike on mountain trails. I packed a lunch and a good book, and prepared to set out for the day.
Typically, as I prepare for such trips, the Lord reminds me of the poem from Elizabeth Barrett Browning which I shared with you yesterday. That poem helps to prepare my mind and heart to truly enjoy the wonder and splendor of God’s creation:
“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 and pluck blackberries.”
On this particular Monday morning, as part of my personal quiet time with the Lord just before I was going to leave, I came upon a devotional thought from the great preacher, teacher, and writer of an earlier time, F.B. Meyer. He too had something to say about God’s presence in His creation:
“In the gentle movement of the trees in the forest, can you not hear the stepping of God’s feet? And can you not detect the movement of God’s Spirit at this moment upon your hearts? Does not his quiet hush, this eagerness, indicate the presence of the skirts of the Eternal as they fall upon us? The whole earth is full of God – all time, all space – and it is because God is here, because there is as much of the Holy Ghost in this place as ever there was in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost, because the forces of God are unexhausted, because the mighty river of God which is full of water is flowing through this place, that you and I are certain of blessing.”
Amen! God can be seen and encountered in His creation. He is here, if we will only make the effort and take the time to see.
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