By Robert Warren, Church of the Nazarene
In my devotions for this morning it read:
“1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
Out of the upstairs window that is in front of my desk I looked out upon the remnant of 10 or so inches of snow from the latest snowstorm and thought about the -4 temperature that I had seen on my thermometer and I reflected on these words. I would like to share some of those reflections.
First I am reminded that as much of a nuisance as the weather can be yet how marvelous nature is! The barren trees soon will give way to new buds as the life giving sap begins to flow with Springs arrival. As dangerous as ice and snow can be when you have to get out on it, yet how beautiful of a display it can be. The woods sparkling in the sunlight is quite a scene.
Then I am reminded of how great our God is. After all, snow is another way that He uses to replenish the soil for the coming Spring. Perhaps the cold even keeps some of the pesky insects at bay to a certain degree. How marvelous a thing that moisture is drawn up into the sky and under some conditions falls as rain, at others as ice pellets, and then at still others as fluffy soft snow. We serve a big, imaginative Creator God!
I am also reminded of how blessed we are at these times, and yet how dependent upon God’s grace. What a blessing to have central heat in the winter and central air conditioning in the summer for many of us. And what a blessing it is to have vehicle. And yet for any number of things to go wrong can put us in a world of hurt in a hurry; but by the grace of God.
A few years ago when we had the big ice storm this was brought into real focus. All it took was our electricity to be cut off and a whole new set of realities came into play really quickly. We have a propane fueled furnace but it requires electricity to run the blower. As fate would have it, we had ordered a gas fireplace that did not need electricity, but it was stuck on the delivery truck somewhere between us and the warehouse. We were not without nearly as long as many others, but you start feeling it pretty quick. It reminds you that things are nice, but we have no guarantees; at the end of the day we depend upon the grace of God.
“The heavens declare the glory of God” says the Psalmist. As we look around let us recognize His glory, stand in awe of His works, and thank Him for His marvelous grace. And don’t give up, Spring is a coming! See you in the church of your choice to worship the greatness of God this Sunday!