“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand;”
Isaiah 40:12a (NICV)
My family and I love to vacation at the beach. As my husband and I sit digging our toes into the warm white sand, our children play in the emerald green salt water. The massive size of the ocean always reminds me that God is bigger and more wonderful than my mind can comprehend. I’m always compelled to quote out loud Isaiah 40:12 while sitting on the beach:
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?”
What a superb reminder of God’s mighty power in the creation of the universe and galaxies. Even more amazing, He measured the span of them between His thumb and first finger. Hold those fingers up and look at their span for a moment. Now imagine God looking at the space between His thumb and first finger while saying, “I think I’ll make the universe about that big.” If that doesn’t give you a picture of just how big our wondrous God is, think about this: He poured the oceans from the palm of His hand! Oh, friend, when I gaze upon a huge body of water that could swallow me up in an instant, and I realize that God, at some moment in time, held the entire ocean in the palm of His hand, it simply blows me away!
As I consider this truth, I find myself awestruck by the greatness and glory of our God. Continue reading
If you can get a bug for traveling, I’ve got it. There’s nothing more incredible than packing my bags, boarding an airplane, and flying to a new place. The wonders of God’s creation ease my spirit, ignite my soul, and enrich my view of life!
Traveling is one of the most humbling experiences. The more places I go, the more I realize-there’s much more to life than my immediate surroundings. There are billions of people that live underneath the same sun and stars I work and sleep under. They breathe the same air I do. The laugh like I do, desire to be loved like I do, and most importantly, they need a Savior like I do.
Someday, I’d like to travel the world, meet the people God has created, and learn more about the Lord as I see His ingenious and incomprehensibly wonderful world! In these twenty-two years of my life, the Lord has blessed me to be able to travel many places already! Here are my top five so far:
1. The Holy Land. Israel is without a doubt, my favorite place in the world! The moment our plane landed in Tel-Aviv, I felt like I was home. Walking the same places where Jesus walked, reading His beautiful Words in the places He taught, and leading vacation Bible school in the city where He was born were life-changing experiences. I left part of my heart there and look forward to the day I go back…and even more so to the day Jesus comes back for us! Continue reading
Here in middle Tennessee we have had an unusually mild winter this year, and an even milder spring! I for one am not complaining! Warm weather along with the ability to be outside is my happy place! My kids, who are young adults now, will be the first to tell you that when the temperatures allowed, the windows were flung open and they were flung outside!
Have you ever considered how God in His creation built all around us a natural playground? If you don’t teach kids fear of bugs, bugs become play pretties! Children generally are fascinated with bugs! If you don’t insist on them staying out of the dirt, they make modeling clay out of it, or it becomes some imaginary culinary delight! A tree with strong low hanging limbs attracts a child like a picnic attracts flies! And don’t you just love watching them under a weeping willow tree? What they inevitably do is grab the wiry limbs and start swinging!
But the favorite natural play thing of all time is water!! What a great idea, God!! I always grin when seeing brief news clips of children frolicking in water fountains, regardless of where they are! Pools, creeks, puddles, hoses or fountains, no matter the means of access kids will find their way to and delight in water! And honestly, don’t we grownups love it too! One of my favorite memories of my son Kaleb and his best bud Carson is when, in their effort to entertain themselves outside in the summer heat they decided to fill little buckets with water and bob for…. carrots! I obviously didn’t have any apples but the goal was to just make a game out of water! We easily think of water in its natural setting as calming, beautiful, even mood altering in the most beneficial way. But children see water and think “let’s play”! It makes me appreciate even more the intricate ways in which God has provided for us!
Long before the convenience of component based playground “equipment” and beautifully structured in ground pools was the ease of just going outside and playing with all that God has blessed us with through His amazing creativity! So if your children are bored, and more importantly, if they are too content with indoor media entertainment, push them out the back door and… just add water!
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.” Psalm 145:5