AS I WRITE THIS, the thermometer registers in the nineties. The air is still and heavy. The dog is panting at my feet, the sun is high, and the birds are silent and still.
AS I WRITE THIS, the thermometer registers in the nineties. The air is
still and heavy. The dog is panting at my feet, the sun is high, and the
birds are silent and still. Within a matter of hours night will fall, the
dark sky will be ablaze with moon and stars, and sleep will force itself on
me. As I slumber, life will continue uninterrupted. Appreciated or not, the
canvas of nature will go on being painted by the finger of God.
Somewhere, many miles removed from where I live, crops are pushing their
way toward harvest. In another direction, waves roar and tumble onto shore
and sand with a rhythm so enchanting none can keep from staring. Windswept
forests across the mountains will sing their timeless songs as timber and
foliage blend their voices in the inimitable harmony of the hills. And
desert animals will scurry in the shadows of cactus and rock, maintaining
their tiny existence free of concern. There's something about meditating on
creation that reminds us of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
Do you need the reminder as much as I today? Consider this ancient truth:
Come see the glorious works of the LORD: See how he brings destruction upon
the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow
and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I
will be honored throughout the world."
The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our
The longing of one's heart for deep peace is somehow recaptured when we
meditate on the greatness of God.
Need a respite from your care? Struggling to calm the nerves of your
anxious soul? Go out tonight under the dark night and gaze at the heavens.
Or take a long drive into the country in the coolness of evening. Don't
speak. Just peer into the night sky as you take in the beauty and think of
the wonder of creation. When you do, you will discover what it means to be
still and know that He is God.