Sunday, January 11, 2015

Exquisite!!!!!



I am sitting in my warm house, listening to the wind howl and watching the branches of the trees dance, as though doing a ballet, moving to their own unique rhythm.  My phone weather app says it's currently 3 degrees, going to a high of 6 degrees; tonight the low is -7.

I know, it sounds like I live at the North Pole (nah, just the U.P.!) and that life here is miserable with its cold and wind.  Now, just between you and me, I am not crazy about that wind; HOWEVER, there is such beauty because of the cold and wind and I am truly thankful for this season.  (yes, I know...I can see my southern friends rolling their eyes right about now.  :>))

I am going to attempt to describe what I see on my window.  The ice has formed irregular patterns with a whole variety of color, all within the white/gray tones.  The sun is shining through and it sparkles even more than the most pure diamond.  It is EXQUISITE!  I feel like I am living inside of a cocoon, protected in some magical way from the very elements that created the brilliance on my window.  As I write this God must have decided to turn up the beauty because the sun came out from behind a cloud and the light is so bright I can't look at it without being a bit blinded.

Because I love finding God in the small moments of my life, I feel almost overwhelmed by this experience and how He reveals Himself through His creation.

Psalm: 3,4 says, "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"

I too wonder, just like the psalmist....why does God gift us so freely?  What motivates the heart of God to provide such brilliant light, such incredible sparkle, color, pattern, intricate design...to a people who don't appreciate or deserve all of that?  LOVE!  LOVE!  LOVE!  That's what.   Love is Who God is.  It is His very nature. 

We see His love in so many ways...the beauty of nature...birth...a sunrise or sunset...hot fudge sundaes...long bike rides...the love between a husband and wife...and the greatest love of all, the life and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

So I am moving into the rest of my day with a renewed sense of joy and gratitude.  I see the glory of God, up close and personal (as the saying goes). The beauty in an icy covered window serves as a reminder today that God loves me and wants me to enjoy His presence through His creation.

I pray you will be more alert to the many ways God writes His love upon your heart...that you will experience the exquisiteness of His love as you go about your day to day activities.

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