Natural beauty

Today I did something different— I ate breakfast on the dining room table, all by myself. The room is beautiful in the morning— one side is open and through the glass I can see the birds flying and the squirrels scurrying around.

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The sun is just peaking off the top of the neighbor’s house, and between the leaves of my trees, the shimmering light glistens through the window—what a breathtaking sight! It is mornings like this that I especially feel God’s presence. I think about all the natural beauty in this world and I am filled with awe. What a wonderful Creator He is!

Psalm 19:1-4 says,

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.”

Then I thought about this Scripture verse, “…ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Rom 1:20).

How can somebody see all this beauty and not acknowledge God?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

The sun

This morning I woke up hearing the rain. It was a soothing sound, but I knew I had to leave the house to run errands and it would be cold and damp outside.  The thought of getting wet and miserable made me wish for warm and sunny days. It made me think about the numerous pictures I had taken of the sunrise from various parts of the world. It’s amazing that the same sun that I see here is the same sun that I saw in Florida and the same sun that rose in Nepal.

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The sun has always been there– it’s the same sun that was there when the world first began. It made me think about Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God is consistent– He is always there. He is the same God they spoke about in the Old Testament and the One we pray to today– “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13). No matter where in the world we are, He is there. Even when it feels like He is far away, we can be reminded of His presence by looking at the sun. I then came across this other Scripture verse:

“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right” (Psalm 84:11).

On days when the sun is bright and beautiful, I am reminded of God’s constant presence in my life. He has filled a void that will never be empty again.