Contemplations

Have you ever just sat and contemplated God?

I think the Psalmist David contemplated God many times while he was in the fields as a shepherd. I mean really…the sheep had to be tended to and protected, but there would have been times when the sheep were in a pleasant field munching away or lying down to sleep and there was no current threat so he had to just watch and I think his mind would wander off to contemplation. His words in Psalms 8 are example of this contemplation. He looks at the heavens and wonders about God’s majestic power and how He can think about man. There are other Psalms that let us know how David (a man after God’s own heart) thought and meditated on God and His word.

I love to look at the stars when I am away from the city. Man what a wonderful sight to see the Milky Way going across the sky and the many constellations framing out images in the mind. God made all of that for our enjoyment. His awesome power and genius on display.

Or how about a thunderstorm as it builds? The beauty of that boiling cloud. Living on the flat lands of Kansas these majestic clouds are phenomenal at dusk or dawn. There is just enough light to see the boiling of the cloud and enough darkness to see the lightening in the cloud as it builds. I mean wow!!! That is beauty. This reminds me of the following verse in Revelations, “From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.” Revelation‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I love to fish and while looking at the water and fishing I can think of many spiritual thoughts about water. Water was turned to blood, the world was destroyed by a flood, baptism to repentance in water and as an example of the changed life, Jesus washing his disciples feet, Jesus controlling the winds and the waves, Jesus walking on water, being fishers of men, the dragon coming up from the sea, I thirst… The beauty of our great light that rules day rising or setting over water and the path it makes on the water…a path that brings to mind the fact that we should follow the light on the path laid before us.

The wind blowing in the trees reminds me of this verse in John, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬, we feel the wind and see the effects of the wind but we cannot control the wind, neither can we control the Spirit. The wind can fly a kite, be harnessed for propulsion and power, and break down great mountains. The Spirit can use us to propel Christ’s kingdom forward in power if we are available and open to its plans and desires.

Lord thank you for your revelation in all that you created. Thank you that although you are such a great and awesome being you care for and love me. I thank you for the sun to light my day and the dark that allows my rest. I thank you for the air that I breath and the ability you grant me to take that next breathe. You are my all in all and I praise your mighty name oh Jehovah! You are to be exalted above all that was, is, and is to come. In you I place my hopes, dreams, and trust for you are my first love. May I live out my days in fulfillment of the tasks you have set before me. May I be worthy to show forth your affections for this lost and dying world and be used to fortify your body where you see fit. Again, I praise and bless your holy name. Amen!

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