It’s here at last. Seems like we’ve waited a long time for it to arrive.
I don’t want to hear any complaining now, y’all hear? I’ll take these steamy days over the frigid days anytime.
Remember, you don’t have to shovel sunshine! So, get out there and enjoy every minute.
“This is my Father’s world/And to my listening ears/All nature sings, and round me rings/The music of the spheres.
“This is my Father’s world/I rest me in the thought/Of rocks and trees/Of skies and seas/His hand the wonders wrought.”
This used to be one of my favorite songs back in the hymn-book days of my youth.
I love to be outdoors. I mean, I LOVE TO BE OUTDOORS! It’s the greatest show on Earth! The Creator of the universe puts on a fabulous display each and every day.
No other symphony anywhere in the world harmonizes as perfectly as the song of the cosmos. Sometimes it’s hard to hear above the noise of the world. We humans make a lot of racket!
But, go out into the woods, or to the ocean, or on top of a mountain, or even into a hospital delivery room as a new life enters the world, or to a playground filled with children and you will hear it, if you take the time to listen.
The rhythm of life pulses in cadence with the Creator’s heartbeat -- perfect timing, perfect pitch, perfect tone -- a breathtaking concerto conducted by the golden hands of the Master Maestro himself.
It’s sad that it falls on deaf ears -- deafened by our own dissonant groaning.
How refreshing to the mind and spirit to lay aside, if only for an hour or two, our troubles, demands, and ambitions to stroll through the richly endowed, panoramic display of magnificent wonders right in our own backyard.
“This is my Father’s world/The birds their carols raise/The morning light/The lily white/Declare their Maker’s praise.
“This is my Father’s world/He shines in all that’s fair/In the rustling grass/I hear Him pass/He speaks to me everywhere.”
Recently, a friend and I blazed the trails at a local state park. It was my first experience on the trails. I have sat by the waterfalls on numerous occasions, but never ventured out onto the trails.
Gorgeous! We marveled at everything our eyes could take in. The trees formed a luscious canopy overhead. We stopped and looked at two trees in particular. They were the same kind of tree growing side by side, yet one went straight up while the other had a curve in it.
The variety of trees alone boggles the mind. God could have simply made two or three varieties, but rather He made numerous kinds in all shapes and sizes.
And the rocks -- small pebbles were strewn along the trail, and then off to the side were huge boulders.
Then, there were the wild flowers, plants, moss, insects, birds, blue sky, clouds --all in various sizes, shapes, colors and varieties -- interwoven with their own unique scents and sounds while the invisible breeze cooled our faces as we absorbed it all in the heat of the day against the background of the falls dancing and cascading over the huge rocks, following weeks of torrential rains.
“This is my Father’s world/O let me ne’er forget/That though the wrong/Seems oft so strong/God is the Ruler yet.
“This is my Father’s world/The battle is not done/Jesus who died shall be satisfied/And earth and heav’n be one.” --Maltie Babcock/Franklin Sheppard
To share all this with a friend was the icing on the cake. He, too, was thrilled at the incredible magnificence of life surrounding us, all with the fingerprints of Almighty God all over it!
The chorus of a contemporary song written by Rich Mullins comes to mind, “And everywhere I go I see You/Everywhere I go I see You.”
God spoke everything we see into existence, including you and me. No two of ANYTHING created by God is alike! His range of creativity boggles my finite mind!
Here’s another golden oldie:
“O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder/Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made/I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder/Thy power throughout the universe displayed/ Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee/How great Thou art, how great Thou art!” --Carl Boberg
Now, hurry on out there and enjoy the “greatest show on Earth!”