Well, I was trying to write a paper for my persuasion class and the "unfunness" of the paper persuaded me NOT to do it for the moment...look at how much im learning about how persuasion can be a BAD thing! :) Anyways, I am taking an outdoor leadership and ministry class right now and for one of our assignments throughout each week, we have to spend one hour outside learning how to incorporate scripture and creation to better teach the Truth of the Word of God. It has been INCREDIBLE to see how much you can learn by simply being outside. This is one entry from my journal for this class that I wanted to share:
January 24, 2011
Wow, this time getting back into the swing of a schedule can be so crazy and stressful. I am just getting back on the track from Jet lag from India so it is great to have a regular sleeping pattern again. I have spent some awesome time with you Lord, BUT this morning I realized that I am trying so hard to still do it on my own strength each day. I try to control things, while justifying that I am letting the Lord have complete control by giving Him my time in the mornings. That is NOT how it should be. I was on my way to work this morning at 715am and I saw the sun rising over the beautiful mountains of Virginia as I slowly took it all in. I stopped for a while and just sat to watch and think. As I was watching the sky and looking at the colors and absorbing the majesty of the mountains, I realized something. No matter how much I try to control my life and do things on my own, God reigns over ALL, even me and my frivolous worries. I thought to myself , "Wow, EVEN if I wanted to control EVERYTHING, I could never paint the sky. I am NOT the one who raises the sun each morning, and I could never mold a mountain into existence with my own hands. Even when my life, which is SO small in comparison with this BIG world, seems so out of control, God has it all IN control. God NEVER forgets to raise the sun early in the morning and put the stars in the sky at night, or paint the sunset and sunrise SO differently EACH morning because He was stressed out or had too much on His plate. He did not have to make the sunrises and sunsets so beautiful or the mountains so breathtaking and majestic, but He DID, because He loves us and LONGS for us to enjoy each moment of it. EVERYTIME. He never forgets to do the slow and subtle things too, like he grass growing from a seed, the trees beginning to bud, the fact that EACH and EVERY snowflake is unique from each one. WOW! What a mighty and personal and wonderful heavenly Dad I have! (And earthly one too!)
"Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breadth of His hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a blanket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?"
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: who created ALL of these? He who brings out the starry* host one by one, and calls them EACH by name. Because of His GREAT power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing!"
"Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place...?"
Wow, I was NOT there when God made the heavens and the earth and threw out the ocean and molded the mountains. This reminds me of Romans 1:20 which says "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that people are WITHOUT excuse." How can one NOT believe in God when they look out to the creation of His handiwork and beautiful mind for creating it?! By creation ALONE, we have no excuse to bow down to 'other gods' or worship other things created by mans hands. My hands could NEVER create what the Lord has created He is God, He is Holy, and I am not. I love Psalm 131:1-2 when David says "My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with things TOO wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me." The last scripture that I want to leave with is Ecclesiastes 5:2, "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter ANYTHING before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be FEW!" Stand in awe of God and revel in the beauty of who He is in what He has made! There is NOTHING to say!
Go out and be in Gods creation today. It will NOT disapoint you, I PROMISE!
Hello the sunrise in the Himalayas! GORGEOUS!