In the midst of my daily life, as I plow through my routines like a stubborn ox, it’s easy to overlook what God is doing in the world.
But when I take the time to get out of my rut–with a vacation or simply by enjoying a sabbath day–I often have a fresh experience of the beauty and abundance God has given to His creation.
Afterwards, I find my reading of scripture is also refreshed because God’s word is not only a light to our soul but also a way to look at the world.
That’s what happened to me as I read Psalm 65 this week. It’s a wonderful psalm, filled with reasons to give God praise. In particular, the second half came alive as I remembered how I had seen these verses in action this month while on vacation.** How blessed we are that God continues to be active and working in the world we live in. How could we live without His loving care?
You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by Your power,
having armed Yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
You call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
You enrich it abundantly.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges; You soften it with showers and bless its crops.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
God has been up to quite a lot, hasn’t He?
Where have you been enjoying God’s gift of creation recently?
All pictures thanks to God [and County Kerry in southwest Ireland]