“God made the heavens—Royal splendor radiates from him, a powerful beauty sets him apart. Bravo, God, Bravo! Everyone join in the great shout: Encore! In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might. Bring gifts and celebrate, bow before the beauty of God, then to your knee—everyone worship! Get out the message—God Rules! He put the world on a firm foundation; He treats everyone fair and square. Let’s hear it from Sky, with Earth joining in, and a huge round of applause from Sea. Let Wilderness turn cartwheels, animals, come dance, put every tree of the forest in the choir— An extravaganza before God as he comes, as he comes to set everything right on earth, Set everything right, treat everyone fair.” Psalm 96:5-13 (MSG)


Recently, I was looking at an aquariam full of exotic fish. There was one in particular that was really shiny silver like a metalic color that caught my eye. It was an incredibly unique fish that I don’t think I have ever seen before. The reality of seeing all of the fish reminded me of how they were created.  It would take a creative genius to come up with all of the colors and variety of shapes. Even more, it reminded me of who created them.

When was the last time that you looked around, overwhelmed by God’s beauty? What if we need to revisit being in awe and marveling at who God is and what He has already done? Trees and grass can become mundane; walnuts falling and staining your driveway become annoying. But, it can be easy to lose sight of the miracles unfolding all around us.  We wake up, and the sun rises every day. Sometimes, it is as if creation is applauding, and we just become too busy to notice. If we see everything as a miracle, then it changes our perspective. It changes the way we see God. If God is so concerned about the details of creation, it reminds us that he is even more concerned about the details of your life. The reality is that if your heart is still beating, it is a miracle. And if God cares so much about the physical realities, he cares about the conflict you are having with a friend, the boss who is never satisfied with your work, or the child who is dealing with a disease. As we look at creation and learn to marvel at the Creator, then we can be confident that God is big and powerful and cares deeply about you.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.