Striving

image“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)

Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams.

Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, and complex. Ultimately, he defies understanding, his startling beauty and intricate purposes mirrored in the splendor of his handiwork.

We need only cast our eyes upward into the heavens, contemplate the endless blackness surrounding the twinkling planets, or gaze across the measureless mass of ocean lapping rhythmically on the threshold of coastlines worldwide, to agree with the psalmist’s declaration: “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:2-3).

He calls us to cease our daily striving and surrender some time to contemplate the intricacies of nature; the complexity of the cosmos allows us to hear the undeniable message that God exists and God is good. To meditate at midnight or rouse from slumber to stare into the mist-­‐shrouded beauty of dawn is to be awakened to the sound of God’s voice of reason. His creation opens a spectacular window through which we can view his character and attributes; the view should prompt worship and delight.

God of all Creation, we lift our voice to join the chorus of starlight in night sky to acknowledge your goodness and greatness with our words, inadequate and insufficient though they may be.

Elizabeth A. Mitchell

Related Post

Through Us

Through Us

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”  (2 Corinthians 2:14) I was very young when I heard the mango tree story. I’ve...

read more
Beyond Wealth

Beyond Wealth

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) Recently my friend Debbie presented me with a gift box created by a loving group of women I had...

read more
Five More

Five More

“Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm...

read more

4 Comments

  1. Raeanne

    Thank you Elizabeth.

    Reply
  2. Tish Stephano

    Beautiful! I know I say that every week but there is no greater word to describe these devotionals. They are just beautiful! You give us a peek at the holiness of our Holy God. Thank you. I look forward to these each week.

    Reply
  3. Bennett DeBerry

    Thank you Elizabeth. God has touched your heart and given you perception that few people have, and the gift to be able to put it into words. I really look foward to your devotion each week. YBIC, Bennett

    Reply
  4. June

    Thank you My heart soaks it all up hungrily.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share This