As I was driving home from my brother and sister – in – law’s recently, I approached the most dazzling sight while merging onto I-75. I drove around the ramp’s curve merging onto the new highway and before me was a vast wall of clouds that gave the illusion of being a majestic, mountain range. If you know anything about Kentucky as it moves into Ohio, there are no mountain ranges in the near vicinity. The moment was surreal and caused me to pause and shout out loud a big “Amen” to our God who created the beauty before me. I truly wanted to stop the car right there and get down on my knees to thank God for the wonder of His creation. You can rest assured that I did not stop my 65 mph vehicle while merging onto the highway but the picture in front or me was worth at least a pause in my mind to recognize and thank the God who had created it.
I drove the rest of the way home with this image either in front of me or along side of me. As I entered Cincinnati, I felt I was driving into a city that was new, surprising and a true gift from God. It brought to mind that even the familiar can become new again because it is blessed by the grace of God daily.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
We are called to put on Christ each day. However my response was typical of most of us when we are awestruck by jaw-dropping beauty. We stop in that moment and honor the God who put the picture before us and quickly move onto the next task on our life list. But God asks us to be amazed in all moments or our lives whether they are typical, mundane or awe – inspiring. The reminder in my “wall of clouds” moment was loud and clear. God was saying “praise me for every moment of everyday. Give me thanks for the jaw-dropping occasions as well as the ones categorized as insignificant”.
Thank God for all, in all, and through all and your day will be complete.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
What will you clap your hands for today? How will you count your blessings?
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