A new moon occurred Tuesday night. My children peered at the night sky attempting to determine if the sun and moon did in fact have the same ecliptical longitude. The next night, after completing the reading of David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer, they watched in amazement several YouTube videos of thundering Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The picture above is one of my favorite photos of my daughter, then three years old, as she looks with curiosity at the falling snow. In all three instances, my children are enraptured in the wonder of God’s creation. When is the last time you took the time to be in awe of God’s creation?
In the hustle and bustle of life we often do not pause long enough to reflect on God’s handiwork. We are on autopilot, going from place to place or task to task without literally stopping to smell the roses. From the elementary particles of an atom to the universal expanse of galaxies, God’s creation is beyond adequate human exclamation. Psalm 33:6-8 reminds us to be in awe of God’s work created ex nihilo (NASB):
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
I enjoy hiking and nature and wildlife photography. Both hobbies “force” me to stop and reflect on God. When I do, it reminds me that He is God and I am not, and I can agree with the psalmist:
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;
What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him?
And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?
(Psalm 8:3-4, NASB)
Slow down this week. Visit a park or nature reserve (our local favorites are Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailways) with your family and exclaim in worship:
O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made;
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
(Boberg & Hine, 1949, How Great Thou Art)