“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:28-29
I have to say I love this chapter of Isaiah as I read it again this week! Of course, Isaiah is talking to the Israelites and he seems almost a bit sarcastic. “How can you not know” is what I think he really wants to say. The Israelites were supposed to have been raised on the stories of Abraham and Jacob and Moses, on the stories of the exodus from Egypt, the miracles of the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar of fire and cloud, the water from rock, and the manna from heaven. How could they not know?
But just like them, we sometimes forget all that our God can do, all that He has done. As you know from past blogs and pictures that I love to be outside in God’s marvelous creation. I find that He speaks to me there.
When I doubt God’s plan for my life…
I go to where He began – I go to His amazing creation. The season change and all it’s intricate players; the sun, the moon, the revolution of the earth in its path, the rebirth of plants and animals, remind me that God is in control. He calms my doubts.
When I’m depressed about my health issues…
I’m reminded that God made all the buzzing insects, the swimming fish, the flying birds, the scurrying animals and me. God made me just as I am, and He gives me the strength and reliance on Him to handle it all.
When I simply can’t handle the anxiety or worry of life…
I walk the winding paths through the forest. I marvel at unique quartz filled rocks, flowers blooming on the forest floor, delicate ferns unfurling in patches of sunlight, and brightly colored toadstools bursting forth after a rain. I thank God for each as He accompanies me, and my worries fade.
When I feel that God is distant…
I step outside into His world, into His creation. God is calling me to see Him in the well-planed designs, hear Him in the gentle breeze rustling leaves, smell Him in the honeysuckle along the path, and taste Him in the tiny wild blueberries dotting the forest floor. He reminds me that I have been the distant one, He has always been there.
This week, let’s all remember that God can handle all of our concerns and He desires to draw us closer to Him. Step out into His wonderful creation and find Him waiting there for you.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we find God and receive His gifts in His creation.
Blessings and Peace!