February 22

Psalm 50; Psalm 59; Psalm 60;  Psalm 19; Psalm 46; Genesis 39:1-23;
1 Corinthians 2:14 – 3:15
; Mark 2:1-12

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 reveal knowledge.  Psalm 19:1-2

Handel’s Messiah proclaims, “…the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” And so it is, every day, everywhere. God’s creative, powerful majesty is on display in all natural things, large and small.

I experience God’s presence when I stop to recognize the wonders of the outside world, and it strengthens my faith in Him. God has silently spoken to me through the sight of gorgeous random wildflowers sprouting from a dry desert canyon, a fiery red moon rising above the sea, the shimmering bright turquoise waters of a lake in the Rockies, and the perfect brown spots on the breast of a falcon. The glory of God was revealed in these sights.

But I have experienced God by means of other senses as well. It was the feel of soft down on a baby chick, the smell of a tomato vine, the sound of a crashing waterfall, and the taste of a mint leaf.

To recognize these many wonders as God’s handiwork is to create a spiritual pathway to God. Embrace the gifts that God has laid forth on our earth, and give thanks for His glory.

Dear Lord,
Teach me to be mindful of seeking you in the gifts of our natural world.
Help me to be a good steward of our Your awesome creation.
Instill in me the recognition of Your magnificent work in all of nature’s beauty,
And give me a willingness to share Your glory with all others.
Amen.