The wonders of God are often missed in the busyness and worry of life. My most peaceful times are spent in the mountain grandeur of God’s creation. Something about feeling small and insignificant puts a different perspective on things and helps me see the hand of God in my life in new ways.
The Wonders of God
Where morning dawns, and evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalms 65:8
Tension, work, the real world receded to the back of my mind. Worries wafted away on the breeze whispering through the pines. Soaring mountain peaks and the blue sky lifted my thoughts toward heaven. Only the crowds kept me from bursting into songs of praise as we traversed the carpet of flowers blanketing a sun-drenched meadow.
Following a year of health problems and my husband’s change of jobs, a trip to three amazing national parks was a true blessing. Grazing herds of bison, elk, and bighorn sheep, an osprey dipping down to snatch a fish from the river revealed God’s amazing provision for His creation.
Even burn scars on the mountainsides where wild flowers and tiny green plants sprung from blackened ground awed me at the renewal of life in the aftermath of tragedy. I remembered the many times God revealed His faithfulness over the past year, even when we could not feel His presence. The sense of peace washing over me with the peaceful rush of waterfalls and gurgling streams, served as a reminder of God’s promises to grant His people the good things of His house, the entirety of universe and earth.
We watched in breathtaking silence as the sunset turned sky and mountains to pastel hues reflected in a river smooth as glass. Our heavenly Father displays His handiwork in spectacles no artist could replicate. Who am I that the Creator of the universe should know my name and reveal Himself to me? The wonders of the God who “formed the farthest seas…the mountains” by His power, “who stilled the roaring of the seas” reminded me that nothing which entered our lives in the past year came without His express permission. Each event had passed through the veil of His love, whether or not I comprehended what He was doing. When I see Him face to face, all will become clear and He will wipe every tear from my eyes.
He fills the whole earth with His wonders. What I behold with my eyes is only a fraction of all God has done and will do—a shadow of what is to come when I meet Him beyond heaven’s gates.
Lord, never allow me to forget that “blessed are those you choose to bring near to live in your courts. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds….”
And my heart responded, “Blessed be your name!”
(All references are from Psalm 65)
© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, March 25, 2017
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
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