Fireworks in July
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
As I laydown to go to sleep last night, I saw one of the best “fireworks” displays I’ve ever seen. The sky lit up against the darkness almost constantly, so much so you thought you could read by the light. There was window rattling reports. And the lights danced across the sky.
No, this wasn’t a Fourth of July display. It wasn’t the display after some special event. It wasn’t even a display put on by our neighborhood pyromaniac.
It was a display put on by our Creator: A simple thunderstorm that happens so regularly for us of late that we often overlook the beauty and the majesty of the display.
Since the dawn of time, humanity has recognized the majesty of God in Creation, and in particular in the storm. To see the power of the wind, the raging of the waters, and the heat of the lightning is to know just a little of God’s ability to create and shape our world. And yet it is but a glimpse of what God can do.
All us here in the Rocky Mountain Region live where we can witness other feats of God’s power. For example, the majesty of the mountains, the vastness of the plains, the depth of the night sky and the intricacy of the canyons and ancient rock formations are all testimonies to this. The wildlife we are able to see from time to time – the majestic elk, the nimble mountain goat, the fleet pronghorn – also remind us of God’s vast creative spirit. And yet it sometimes seems that our familiarity with all of this here numbs us just a bit.
In fact, that is true even when you don’t live in a beautiful natural environment. You see, God’s greatest testimony to the creative spirit has always been humanity itself. And yet, how often do we pause long enough to look deeply at those around us to see God in them. Oh, maybe at some of the critical junctions in life… at the birth of child or at the end of someone’s life we do this… but what about the thousands of other people we meet each day. Do we take time to see God in the waiter who serves us, the clerk who checks our groceries or the handy-person who makes repairs at our home?
And yet it was for these people that God became flesh to dwell among… not the mountains, or the trees of the forest. It was for us…for all mankind.
Prayer: Oh God, help us to see our sister and brother as you see them. Teach us to see You in them that we may love them and serve them in you name. Amen.
Reverend Dr. Steve Van Ostran
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