I’m an avid early riser.  With my first cup of coffee in hand , I sit down to meet with the Lord.  It’s become so much a part of my routine that there are no alternatives considered.  On vacation a few weeks back, I quietly moved outside while the rest of the family enjoyed sleeping in and found an unfamiliar resistance in my soul.  Instead of my usual chair with side table, coffee, Bible, and journal, the beach was calling. 

Psalm 33:6-8 declares, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; he lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”

Indeed, it is impossible to look upon the expanse of the heavens bending down to touch the waters of the sea and not be moved by the burst of power and beauty found there.  Since the Lord has gathered the seas and his authoritative word made the heavens, looking upon the power and beauty of creation invites us to gaze upon our Creator.  Standing upon the grains of sand which he alone has numbered, looking upon the ocean whose droplets he has corralled, under the sky which he illustrates day in and day out, my soul is in awe and at rest. 

There is something in nature that beckons us closer to the one who has made us.  Refreshment and restoration are found there.  The hum of the waters and the worship-filled songs of the birds flying about are steadying music to the soul.  On that early spring morning when my habits tried to convince me that reading and stillness are the only way, his gentle tug escorted me on a walk to witness the seas and the sky as they declared a resounding hallelujah over me.

Father, thank you for the beauty of the earth and the glory of the skies.  Prompt me today to leave behind the technology and air-conditioning for a much deeper invitation to linger with you in the world you have made.  Cause me to witness all creation singing your praise and may I be quick to join in and declare your glory.  Amen.