The beauty of God's creation is a wonder to behold. In the moments when we
see ourselves discouraged or when we just don't feel like giving thanks, we
should take a moment to look at the beauty that surrounds us. God has
created many things that upon closer inspection will make us realize how
Great God really is. The vastness of His Creation and the versatility of
beauty that is all around us should make us focus more on how big God is
and how small our problems are. We are to give praise and thanks to the
Lord for giving us dominion over His creation and we are to appreciate this
day that He has given us to live. Never allow yourself to become down or
discouraged simply because you have trials in your path, but rather give
thanks to the Lord that He is with you and has promised to meet all of your
needs. (Revelation 4:11) (Psalm 8:3-6) (Psalm 145:14-19) (Philippians 4:19)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to appreciate and
enjoy to its fullest each day that you are alive.
A DAY AT WORK
Some folks have a tendency to believe that a bad day fishing is better than
a good day at work. Then along comes a day like today. The two inch snow
that was predicted had turned in to a six incher, and more in some of the
drifts. And at 3 a.m., it made for a pretty interesting trip to work. A
half-hour later, I had the windshield cleared and backed up to the door to
load. By 5 a.m., the bread was loaded and ready to roll.
Everything went pretty well, considering the parking lots were far from
being cleared. Everything that was taken in was either packed or dragged.
Around seven o'clock, it started getting light. I was headed down a
two-lane highway, going to the “country” part of the route, and just
starting to see the beauty of the first snowfall. Just a few more stops,
then I'd turn and head north, to the top end of the route.
Just a few miles out of town, the countryside starts changing. The rolling
hills and valleys are considered to be the foothills of the Ozarks. With
the snowfall fresh on the landscape, it was a quite a sight. The hilltops
were capped with snow, and the valleys were blanked with a deep white
layer, drifting sometimes even deeper. The trees were laden with snow,
their limbs drooping under the weight. As I topped the highpoint, I stopped
the truck just to look out over the landscape. The winter scene spread out
before me like a giant painting. With the white trees, and everything
covered, and the gray sky background, it gave everything a quiet and
I was surprised to see a beam of sunshine break through the clouds, and
shine in to the crystals of ice and snow. The light broke into thousands of
tiny rainbows from the natural prisms. A small stream wound its way down
and around the hills, its crystal water bubbling over the stones and
gravel, and ran by close to the road. Just down and off to the right, a
deer had stopped for a drink from the stream, and was staring, unafraid.
The whole scene was like a moment suspended in time, not moving, just there
to be appreciated, savored.
At that particular moment, it was easy to feel very small, almost
insignificant. And I realized that all of this, no matter how large or
small, is God’s creation. And that nothing He created is insignificant or
unimportant to Him. Everything has its space and reason for being, a
purpose. Everything. A snowflake, an ice crystal, a rainbow that dances
like the laughter of a child. Everything...
By Bob G. Shaw
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon
and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful
of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him
a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put
all things under his feet.”
Jeremiah 33:2-3 “Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that
formed it, to establish it; the LORD is His name; Call unto Me, and I will
answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Psalm 145:14-19 “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those
that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them
their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the
desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and
holy in all His works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him,
to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that
fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them.”
Psalm 138:6-8 “Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly:
but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath
of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect
that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake
not the works of Thine own hands.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony30.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry