But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; of the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the handoff the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
Thought for the Day: God is Near
I love this time of year. Every time I go outside, I begin hearing the sounds of God. On several occasions over the past couple of weeks, I have stayed later at school than I should. Tired and ready to get home, I have packed my school bag and made my way to the outside door. One day, I came out to hear geese flying overhead immediately bringing to me thoughts of God. Another day, after an afternoon of parent conferences, I was greeted by sounds of birds mixed in with the sun shining beautifully through the sky. Last night, staying way after dark on a Friday to prepare for next week, I walked out and heard insects chirping and making fun noises. A smile came immediately to my face. God was near.
As we think of God, and where He is in our lives, we believe He is everywhere. But, when we are tired we sometimes do not see Him. Today and everyday, I want to strive to see God in the people around me for those people truly are the face of God to me. I want to see God and hear God in the sights and sounds of nature. I want to see God when I watch my students next week experience how the Earth rotates making the sun’s shadow seem to move. I know in advance that God’s voice will speak through their innocence and through their excited voices.
Where will you see God today? You don’t have to look far, because God is right beside you placing beautiful sounds and views before you.
Prayer: God, thank you for stepping into our lives through the sights and sound of nature, to remind us that You are near. Help us see more quickly and clearly that You are in the midst of nature and people around us.
Prayer Focus: God is near