Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lift Up Your Eyes

Isaiah 40:26 “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens; Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Have you ever had the opportunity to spend some time away from the lights of a city? Try it sometime. Drive at night to the most remote spot you can find, get out of your car, spread out a blanket and lie on your back. Look up at the stars. If you have never spent time just looking at the stars, you are in for a treat. Look up… at the stars! What a marvel they are, scattered like diamonds across the sky! Clustered together so far away, the stars in the Milky Way stretch like silver dust strewn in the expanse of the heavens by God’s mighty hand. His power is awesome. He threw the stars, vast burning furnaces, so far away that they don’t consume us with their flames, but instead cast a soft, faint glow in the blackness of night. How amazing He is! In their own quiet way, the stars scream the wonder of their creator, our God. What a testimony they give to His power and greatness!

How often do we actually see the stars? How often do we consciously look at them? How often do we acknowledge their Creator? Think about all the other wonders God surrounds us with that we don’t even see, let alone thank Him for creating. Do we see the beauty in the curve and greenness of a blade of grass? Do we see the wonder of a sunny yellow dandelion or of its delicate seeds? Do we appreciate how marvelous a flower is? The colors, scents, textures, and shapes of each flower are uniquely beautiful. Do we admire the various blues of the sky? Or the changing shapes and colors of the clouds? If we only look, we can see God’s creation. If we only look, we can see God’s miracles. His creation and His miracles literally surround us. How often do we acknowledge them? How often do we take them for granted and allow them to become ordinary? Instead of appreciating God’s miracles, we trudge, head down, through life, oblivious to His splendor.

God, forgive us for failing to recognize Your hand in the seemingly everyday things which surround us. Show us how to walk with our heads up and our eyes open that we may see Your marvelous creation! Open our understanding that we may acknowledge Your holy presence in our lives. Open our hearts that we may be filled with praise for the wonder of You.

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