“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He set them in place forever and ever. His decree will never be revoked.”
This week I was reminded of the simple beauty of the creation of God. As humans with impossibly busy lives it is easy for us to overlook the magnificence of the world around us. The way the leaves change, the sun rises and sets, the flowers grow, the streams and rivers rush by, the trees cover the ground with a soothing shade. All of these become everyday occurrences that we overlook as meaningless. They become things we begin to expect instead of appreciate. If we stop taking the time to look at the world around us like our Heavenly Father intended us to, then we are missing out on one of the most beautiful and simple ways to see the love of our Lord. All of the beauty of this world is not to please us. It is not to give us good views, unique Instagram posts (although, lets be honest, it definitely does just that), and most importantly, it was not created to be taken for granted. God created the beauty that is this world for HIS glory. Everything from the way the leaves change, the sun rises and sets, the flowers grow, the streams and rivers rush by, and the trees cover the ground with a soothing shade is to bring our Father glory. The day that we start passing by these things as just “nature” or cool photo backdrops is the day that we miss an opportunity to bring glory to God through His own creations. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first one to post a good sunset pic, but l pray that our take on what lies in front of us everyday is not strictly on how many likes we can get.
Today I am thankful for the beauty that is not only the world, but is Charlotte. Who knew such loveliness could be found in my own backyard. I certainly did not, but I can assure you, it will not be something I soon forget.