I was looking through pictures from this last year of my travels and saw picture after picture of His heavens in all different stages–blue skies, dark and stormy skies, beautiful sunsets, amazing and colorful sunrises, stars, the moon, lightning, and colors (some of which I have no way to capture with my wimpy camera, unfortunately, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my back to have the “right kind” of camera to capture His heavens! :-). Just amazing.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Ps. 19:1-4.
He’s clear. The skies declare the glory of God. There is not an unreached people group on earth that doesn’t hear this loud declaration, as it is proclaimed in EVERY language!!
A couple of His heavenly shouts from this last year still ring loudly in my ears. One was sitting with my nieces in a Walmart parking lot in the middle of Wyoming, waiting for some of our family to return from the bowels of Walmart (those of you who have waited patiently for someone shopping in Walmart know what I mean! :-). There was an INCREDIBLE lightning storm in the distance. I pulled a couple nieces onto my lap and we watched in awe as we talked about the book of Job which says that every lightning bolt is sent on its way by God and checks in with him to say, “Here we are.” (Job 38:35).
Another loud shout was in Uganda at Lake Victoria when the dark storm raged in the early morning and again at New Hope on the night before I left as the thunder shook the foundations of the earth in the middle of the night (at least it sounded like it did). His raw POWER is amazing.
A third shout came over Labor Day weekend as I sat with a group of dear friends at my parents house around a fire in the evening and watched a “blue moon” (the second full moon in one lunar cycle) come up over the trees. Stunningly beautiful.
God is constantly shouting His glory in the heavens, but I have a heart that is not always tuned to his voice.
The thing that amazes me is that the God who shouts His raw and unmeasurable power in the heavens is the same God who values me–me personally. It’s so hard to put my mind (and more often my emotions) around, but it’s true–I am a loved daughter of the King who made the heavens. Even today, I’m facing some heart matters that seem difficult to trust Him with, but as I have been writing about the heavens, it again reminds me how easy it all is for my God. He’s big, and He loves me!!
“To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome…Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” Deut. 10:14-17,20-21
I desire to respond to His shouts of glory from the heavens as a dearly loved daughter who delights and boasts in the strength and majesty of my Dad and believes and trusts Him for big things!