Saturday, June 25, 2011

Peace.

Somewhere in the middle of South Dakota....

Winds tear through the trees.  Dark foreboding clouds fill the sky.  Light poles, trees, and shopping carts swing precariously back and forth.  Yet, in the middle of all this, I feel peace.

This wind, this massive force, can change into hurricanes and tornados. It can shake all that we as humans think is secure.  When I see an endless field of prairie grass swayed back and forth by the wind, I can feel its awesome power.

But wind isn't even a 'someone.'  It's a thing.  A thing controlled by God. He gives the wind its power and strength.

We can't see the wind.  We can't see the Lord.  If wind—this unseen force—is so great and powerful, how much greater must the One who controls it be?

In this world, lives can be changes in a split second by the storms of nature.  Life is so fragile.  But we have an awesome God who controls it!  What a blessing to have this assurance, this peace.  Even in the midst of the hardest struggles, we can remember who holds the world in His hand.

Love.

What makes you think of love?  I think of pies baking in the oven, warm hugs, and unconditional forgiveness.

God shows his love to us through many things, the greatest of which was sending his son to take our place.

I especially see his love in creation.

Look at the beauty and diversity of the animals in creation.  Each one is unique in its own way.  God could have made no animals at all or even stopped at one hundred.  But he didn't.

All the mountains.  They range in color from grey to red.  You can see spikes, or soft shaping.  This month I went to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado.  Wow.  From the top of that mountain you can see five states. I could see the the gorgeous hills of colorado, the snow covered peaks of wyoming, and even the cornfields of Kansas.

God made this world for us to enjoy.  He gave us beauty we don't deserve.  THAT is love.