Yesterday, as I was driving the wild western portion of Kansas, I took time to really look at the beauty around me. We are in the beginning of March and for the most part the only green parts are the vast fields, with winter wheat springing from the ground. But as I looked further, I watched the doves trying to fight the wind, the great red tail hawks soaring in the sky, the tumbleweeds rolling straight into cars, and the horses running. What to some looks barren, dusty, and not all that pretty, became beautiful to me.
Hours went by on my lone journey and as I contemplated my world and all the various intricacies of it; I was greatful for the beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if you had asked me several years ago if the barren land of Western Kansas was beautiful; I would have said no. However, I always loved watching the birds in flight, seeing the skies change and watching the wind beat at the wheat. But rarely would I have said I liked the wind or the tumbleweeds, let alone the dust. I guess I have changed and for the better, I think. This life has taught me that we have just a short time to enjoy the little things. In this day and age, we rarely stand still. We are going from one thing to another and we take very little time to see the beauty God has made.
How often do you wonder where your water comes from or how your food gets to the grocery store? Most people live in cities too big to have a garden or to watch crops come into their own. Few know the hard work, perseverance and prayer it takes to get those same crops we eat to market. We are a generation with plenty and rarely do we realize it. We are bogged down in our own lives, but we need to be smelling the roses, contemplating God's glory in our water, being stewards of our food, and participating in the beauty all around us.
Today, I want us to really look at the beauty God has made. He has crafted each one of us in His image. We are beautiful to Him and as we participate in His will; we are like the spring wheat, green and growing. Faith is beautiful to the Lord. He desires us to grow in our faith and to see the beauty He has laid out before us. We were a seedling that He alone has cherished, watered, fed, and provided just the right sunlight to see us to maturity. Grab hold of our King and ask Him to continue to grow you so that one day you will be a part of His beauty.
Genesis 1:27-31 Gideons International:
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. "Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
My prayer today:
Lord, we come before you a busy generation. I pray today that everyone would look around and see Your beauty and the beauty You have provided. We come before You and thank You for the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. You are the master gardner and we want to be mastered by your hand. Take our seeds and water them so that we may grow in faith. Lift us up when we are weary and provide the sunshine we need to get through today. Our battle is within, we must believe that You are who You say You are and that we are Your chosen generation. Bring forth faith as we seek You. We ask that You forgive us our sins as You grow us up to be Your Soldiers. Give us great faith and provide us with just enough today. We thank you for the beauty You provide and the Glory that shines! AMEN