One of the great tragedies playing itself out here in the 21st Century is that with so many faces buried in the seductive glow of smartphone screens, we’ve stopped seeing the glory of God in His creation.
And not just seeing, but touching, smelling, feeling … drinking it all in. One of my favourite smells happens when you walk out amongst the trees early in the morning after the overnight rain. It’s a smell that inspires a sense of freshness, newness, hopefulness that words can’t describe.
Or looking up at the stars – the amazing Milky Way – at night, away from the lights and smog of the city. Or watching a small, green worm making its way along a leaf, inch by inch, to where it will spin its cocoon and become a stunningly beautiful butterfly to grace this world for but a short time.
The things you miss when you’re face down, scrolling through the inane comments of people you don’t even know, on your various social media feeds. Listen to this:
Psalm 19:1,2 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. (ESV)
Why did God put this amazing creation under our noses, above our heads, all around? Why has He encased us not only in an amazing world of minute detail, mighty mountains, roaring seas and exquisite stillness, but in trillions upon trillions of stars that stretch countless light years into the distance beyond anything that we can see or imagine?
To declare His glory to us in a way that takes our breath away. So switch off the smartphone. Look around, for …
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork
That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.