The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. – Psalms 19:1-3 (NIV)
My family has the blessing of living in the scenic beauty of northernCalifornia. Rugged, snow-capped mountains, pine forests, pristine lakes and a meandering river valley create a land that begs to be recognized. The sunsets are breathtaking and the nights are filled with countless stars. It is a place where God’s glory shines through so clearly, you would think it couldn’t be missed. But it is.
The human heart can be severely near-sighted, focused on the things that are closest to it without concern for anything else. When the heart sees the world this way, so much goes by unnoticed and unappreciated. This can also happen with our physical eyes. The text on the phone, the picture on the TV or the line on the page can sometimes draw our eyes from what God is saying outside our window.
I am trying to teach my children to keep their eyes open for the fingerprints of God; to see His handiwork and give praise. We take time to watch the sunset. We stop to look at a flower or a bird in quiet reflection. We gaze at the night sky and see something great than the sum of the stars, but not often enough. I still miss those opportunities to worship God with my children.
It is odd that my physical vision gets worse as I get older, yet my spiritual vision gets clearer and sharper. It is not, however, a done thing. Still pressing on. Still learning to see the world with eyes wide open.
Lord, help me to see the opportunities You put before me every day to join with creation in giving you praise. May I lead my children into these moments of worship and help them develop a clearer vision of Your creation. Let me see the night sky and perceive more than stars. Amen.