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Friday, September 19, 2008

The View From There

(Article for a local newspaper)

“Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?” (Psalm 113:5, 6 NASB)

The office where I work is situated so that it affords a good view of the city from its east-facing windows. Often, as I pass by these windows, I pause to gaze out at the horizon, taking in the grandeur of a perfectly clear blue sky; dark thunderclouds threatening in the distance, or watching the rain teem down during a summer storm. Scenes such as these lead me to reflect upon our smallness as a city, and as human beings, in comparison to the great expanse of the horizon, and the power displayed by nature during our different seasons. It’s as though we are ants in an ant hill, busying ourselves as we go about our daily lives, our own personal worlds with their details and distractions taking all of our attention. I imagine how we must appear to God, as He looks down from His heaven, and I marvel at the notion that He is aware of every aspect of our lives; He Who created the heavens and the earth.

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:3,4)

I think of how God watches over this world, orchestrating events according to His infinite wisdom. I am reminded of His faithfulness, and reflect upon how little I acknowledge His presence and activity in the world around me. Pondering these things always brings a sense of wonder to my soul, and I can’t help but silently praise and thank this awesome and merciful God, Who condescends to reveal Himself to His creatures.

God is watching over us, and has left His mark everywhere we look in creation. The next time you gaze up at fluffy white clouds against a blue sky, or a canopy of stars on a clear night, remember that the One Who painted the sky with those clouds, and hung those stars in the heavens, has His eye upon you.

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and from throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2Chronicles 16:9a NASB)

Has He your heart today?

2 comments:

Amy said...

Maureen,
Beautiful.

Ahh...how the skyline views in Ontario sound lovely. Someday I will get myself up there!

I love what you said here:
"God is watching over us, and has left His mark everywhere we look in creation. The next time you gaze up at fluffy white clouds against a blue sky, or a canopy of stars on a clear night, remember that the One Who painted the sky with those clouds, and hung those stars in the heavens, has His eye upon you." - Maureen

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com

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Leonard