Sunday, November 4, 2012

giving thanks: things above


"The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge."

"There is no speech or language 
where their voice is not heard
Their voice goes out int o all the east,
their words to the ends of the word."

Psalm 19:1-4

My iPhone and Instagram accounts are filled with beauty:  my family, friends, delicious meals, beautiful places and things...  and the sky.  Yes, lots and lots of photographs of the sky. 

It is a hobby habit that my children have naturally ingrained in them now.  From the back seat of my car, they peer out and up, seeking, always seeking something beautiful, proclaiming skies.  They'll ask for my phone so they can capture what they're little eyes are seeing.  And I tell them, what they're eyes are beholding, is the very glory of God - on display for all to see - yet, so many of us miss it.   
"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God" (Romans 1:20).
Late one afternoon, I received the photo above in a text from my eight year old daughter.  She had taken it from the boat while fishing with Daddy.  It simply said, "Look, Mommy!".  

Look, indeed.  And see that His unfailing love is as vast as the heavens.  Truly, His faithfulness reaches beyond the skies (Psalm 36:5).

In a world that tells us our God is unseen.  Distant.  I beg to differ.  Scripture begs to differ.  The skies themselves beg to differ.


Sometimes, my heart discouraged, it whispers a silent prayer asking for just a glimpse of His glory.  And He answers.  And I like to think it's just for me, this most radiant, golden sunset.  As I move down to the bottom of the hill, it fades from the distance and my heart says, "Thank you."

I turn right and there, a single beacon in the darkness closing in, a rainbow - everlasting symbol of His covenant; His promise.

And my heart is rendered speechless.  Again.

Today, every day, I am thankful for the beauty displayed in His skies.


"Set your heart on things above...
set your mind on things above 
not on earthly things."
Colossians 3:1-2



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