I woke up early and took my bible out on the front porch to watch the world take light. As the sun began to warm the earth with His warmth and light, the Bible opened to the Wisdom of Ben Sira:
The beauty of the celestial height and the pure firmament, heaven itself manifests its glory. The sun at its rising shines at its fullest, a wonderful instrument, the work of the Most High!
Although it stormed most of the night, God’s beauty continues to shine around us. We lost electrical power during the night — just further evidence that our man-made power is no match for God’s power. But no matter how dark the night or how powerful the storm, God always continues to shine His light around us, and His light is beautiful!
Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor; It spans the heavens with its glory, the hand of God has stretched it out in power.
The peacefulness of the morning surrounds me. The melodious sound of the birds waking up and singing their own praises to the Lord is inspiring. All I can think is how glorious is our God! The Bible pages that opened before me capture my thoughts:
More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is the all!
Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works; Awesome indeed is the LORD, and wonderful his power.
Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD as much as you can, for there is still more.
Extol him with renewed strength, do not grow weary, for you cannot fathom him. For who has seen him and can describe him? Who can praise him as he is? Beyond these, many things lie hidden; only a few of his works have I seen. It is the LORD who has made all things; to those who fear him he gives wisdom.
O God! You are wonderful indeed! Thank you for giving me this beautiful day and for holding me through the storms. The green of new life pops brightly against the clear blue tranquil sky. I am renewed! Let my praise be not hollow. You surround us with beauty, with love and with hope, as each day your light shines forth, if we take the time to see. Help me to see. Help me to take the time to see. Send me as your messenger, if that is your will. Prepare me for the storms that are surely to be ahead. You are my light! Help me to keep my eyes on you!