CONTRIBUTED BY LISA GROENEWOLD
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Being still can require quite an effort these days. If we allow ourselves a moment to sit down I’m sure you can relate to instantly reaching for your phone to fill in time. Which is not all bad but it’s also a few quiet moments when we could consider the world around us, soak in the wonders of Gods goodness. It’s the things which we sometimes tend to overlook and take for granted.
I pass up so many opportunities to just think about how God is upholding this earth and loving us to a point that we often don’t comprehend. It doesn’t take much to sit and see how Gods hand is in everything, how great and awesome He is in creating all things, and how incredible it is that He made everything for us to be awed by so we will praise Him!
That’s our reason for being here, right? To praise Him. So how good is it to ‘be still and know that He is God’. When you sit for your few minutes next time, maybe think about the little things that allow us to be where we are and who we are. It’s often in the little things…
The little things called air to breathe. Little things called our eyes to see splashes of colour, read a good book or see the people you love. Colour you see everywhere- even in one little leaf, in the ocean, in your own eyes. Think of bees that keep fruit trees bearing so we can keep eating. Smells tell us if something is safe or tasty or bad. All those smells, those colours, listening to a favourite song- all these things are processed in our brain that make us feel a certain way. We have the ability to make choices, to care for people, to write a bunch of words to create a poem or an essay or a letter.
When we can see and understand Gods work in the world, in His good creation, I believe we come to know God. Gods intelligence is beyond us but we have the ability to learn so much. Animals nurture and care for their young, fruit and flowers give off beautiful smells. The ocean provides so much relief when we’re hot. These are good things. God loves us and He gives them to us to enjoy. His world shows how much he loves us.
A water droplet is so complex and carries so much information scientists have still so much to learn. The body, the brain, it’s all so complex there is so much learning for humankind to still do. How often when you watch a documentary about something in creation, the conclusion involves something about there being so much to learn still…. God is telling us he is interested in the small details of life, in the microscopic cell, in every ecosystem on earth. He loves to see us learn, discover and praise Him for it.
It’s kind of magic in my mind sometimes. There’s so much joy we can pull from the teeny little things. It makes life on earth so full! God is loving you, upholding you, giving you all the things that keep you alive. He’s providing so many opportunities for you to see His work, experience His goodness and His grace.
Then when I consider all those little things, that make bigger things, and it all working and fitting in together; when I pay attention to the detail I really am amazed at Gods love for us, being the most loved, most precious of His creating.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”