We hit the crest of the hill and just beyond was the most beautiful landscape I’d ever seen in my life. The greens, oranges, yellows and reds were so vibrant. The sun hit the peaks of the Ozarks, and the clouds created the most beautiful shadows in the gorge as we meandered down the road. It took my breath away. The only time I’d seen something so stunning was in a beautiful painting, and that painting didn’t even compare to the sight that I was witnessing. Deep in the valley, as we rounded the bend sat a small white church in the middle of a soft green meadow. I was simply awestruck. God’s beauty was all around, and it brought these verses in Psalm to mind.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are also His.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
God is Elohim. He is my Creator. He formed nothingness into beauty, and we are the chosen ones to live in His beauty and creation. How amazing is it that our Heavenly Father has given us such a beautiful space in which to call home!
Part of our daily prayer should be dedicated to the adoration of our King. As we talk to Him, praise Him for what He has made! Glorify Him for the splendor that is around us! Thank Him for the exquisite gift of Earth that He’s given us to be a part of!
I challenge you, dear ones, to spend time this week praising Him for the beauty that is all around us. Thank Him each day for something different that you see as you drive around, take a walk, or look out your window. Thank Him for this gift of creation!