Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sustenance from His Hand

The sun is finally shining in Ohio and the summer is making its glory known. A cardinal and a humming bird are taking turns giving me a show as they fly past my living room window. A soft breeze is letting the trees show off their delicate, leafy arms and small insects are busy shopping for the best nectar in the neighborhood.

These are the kinds of days that point my heart to the Lord. His creation mesmerizes me and makes me wonder at the powerful, yet gentle ability He has to put this kind of awesome beauty in my everyday life. I have a wistful feeling about it all because I wish I would slow down enough to view each day this way. I wish I would get up each morning and take the time to be outside, feel the rustling breeze on the back of my neck, and lift my face to the sun.

Even rainy days hold their own kind of beauty if I'd take the time to find it. Sometimes I see birds flexing their wings in a sudden shower, their feathers repelling the drops of moisture like rain coats. They lift their beaks to the rain and let it roll off their faces before giving their whole bodies a vigorous shake. Small individual waterfalls drop off their shoulders to soak whatever is beneath them on the ground.

The Bible is filled with words about God's glory through His creation. He tells us often in His word that He supplies the needs of all He has created:

"He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call" Psalms 147:8-9

"He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for man to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth..." Psalms 104:13-14

"How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures." Psalms 104:24

"These all look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things." Psalms 104:27-28

Today I want to look to God...gather my sustenance from His hand...and be satisfied with the good things He gives me each day.


Joanne Sher said...

Amen! God's glory is everywhere (even on the dreary days we've had SO many of in the midwest lately, eh?). Thank you for reminding me to be sustained from it, no matter the weather.
Lovely, dear!

LauraLee Shaw said...

What a beautiful post! I feel refreshed after reading it.

Yvonne Blake said...

How beautiful! Isn't it great to live with so much of God's creation around us?
Thanks for this wonderful reminder of it.

Patty Wysong said...

So restful and peaceful, Dee--just what I needed--thank you!