Even if I have said it a thousand times, I’ll say it again. I love creation. I love to be in awe of God’s design…His masterpieces…but when I am in the elements of the world, I feel closest to Him.
Over the weekend, my family and I went for a day trip and took a drive to walk up one of the vast amounts of mountains New Zealand has to offer.
Kieren and I recently celebrated being able to call New Zealand – Aotearoa – home, over seven years ago. Still, as we were driving to Mount Maunganui, I remembered the first time we drove to this region, all I kept saying out loud was “wow” at the scenery. Yet, what struck me, over the weekend just gone, was that familiarity had kicked in, and the Holy Spirit prompted me to remember how in awe I was, previously
It’s all too common for each of us to be filled with wonder one minute, and then have complacency the next. We get so consumed by our days that our ability to take stock of the things around us, vanishes. God created the world for each of us to be able to say “wow” and yet, I fear, looking back, I too have forgotten to pause and praise Him for His goodness regarding the simplicity of life and beauty of this world.
Friends, the Scripture about the rocks crying out to God (Luke 19:40) always reminds me that if we don’t praise God, then something else will.
If we look around us, then God gave us the ability to say “wow” every day. Yet, if we also close our eyes – even for ten seconds to hear the hustle and bustle of life – there will be a multitude of things that we can praise Him for…people talking, the birds singing, the waters rushing, the wind blowing…children laughing…etc..etc.
Today, let’s remember not to lose sight of the “wow” because in doing so, it takes the focus off ourselves, and onto the one who made this all possible
“Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the Lord!”Psalm 117:1-2