by Nan Jones
The porch swing rocked in peaceful rhythm. My spirit stirred as I looked up from my Bible, raising it to my breast and grasping the wonder of God its pages contained. I had just read these words, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You” (Job 42:5).
GRASPING THE WONDER OF GOD
I looked toward the ridge where the sun began its evening descent. Magenta began rising above the trees. Lavender and apricot clouds tossed their petals across the wide expanse as the North Star made its appearance. Soon multitudes of stars — glistening diamonds — would make their presence known against an indigo sky.
I rocked back and forth thinking about the Lord.
These are uncertain days. Political upheaval. A racial divide that is breaking my heart. Riots. Violence. The loss of decency. Many are frightened of the days ahead that seem to swirl in darkness fueled by evil and deception and corruption. But …
Grasp the wonder of God! Consider the majesty of who He is — His magnificence, His sovereignty, the tender watch-care He affords His children.
He is too great to comprehend, and yet He loves us and desires rich fellowship with us. God is fully aware of the state of our nation and world. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is too difficult for Him.
And He hears the cries of His children pleading for mercy over our crumbling America.
How do we face these fears? With our eyes focused on the One who holds the world in His hands, who tells the ocean how far to come, who counts the hairs on our heads and knows our name.
We face our fears with Him.
I encourage you to sit on your porch, lounge on your deck, or lay on a quilt beneath a summer sky and consider the works of His hands.
Fix your eyes on Him, your thoughts resting in the sure place of His love.
Like Job, creation speaks to me. I’ve learned to hear His voice in the rolling thunder, to recognize His power in the electric current of a lightning strike. I’m awakened to His presence in the gentle breeze as He walks on the wings of the wind. I recognize the glory of His heavenly places reflected in the luminous prisms of sunrise and sunset.
And I find His holiness there. I believe you will too.
WILL YOU TRUST HIM in The Face of Your Fears?
Won’t you let Him into your hurting heart? Will you trust Him with a frightening future, knowing that we can rest in His sovereignty? Will you spend time grasping the wonder of God to better understand Him?
Healing, peace, and courage is in His hand.