“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19.1
Recently, my family and I went on vacation, and we had some good re-creation time, as well as seeing many beautiful sights. It is amazing to see the different types of beauty there are around us.
Near one of the places where we pitched our tent, there was a mighty, towering mountain that rose sharply just across the lake from the campsite. In some ways, it was like any other beautiful mountain.
On the other hand, it was so near to us that it had a presence that brought awe and wonder. We realized how small we were as humans, and also what incredible Power created it all.
This particular sheer rock face also had a comforting sense to it, as if the mountain was cradling and protecting those who came near, and it had a comfortable familiarity to us, since we had been there before.
When you “feel” the power and comfort of an amazing view in creation, you can easily see how people of old thought these mountains had a divine nature. They believed the mountains were gods, and had power and ability to give or take from humans, and they worshipped various parts of the creation around them. When I traveled to Africa 20 summers ago, I learned about the ancient peoples who believed that Mwari lived in the Matopos area of Zimbabwe.
And yet, as powerful as the tug that the mountains or any creation have on us, still that beautiful, sheer rock face is cold. It is impassive; it does not hear our cries for help, for forgiveness, or for love.
The mountain, beautiful sunset, or searing sun cannot help us. It can remind us of God and God’s goodness much of the time, but other times, the wonder of creation can show its dark side, and show us death. A lovely summer’s day can turn into a raging storm, or even a death-dealing tornado.
We are thankful that we have a God and Savior who hears our cries of need, who satisfies, who forgives, who makes new. Our God is not impassive and cold and unresponsive like that lovely, yet foreboding mountain.
And not only is God not impassive, our God searches for us, comes looking for us when we are weak, when we have turned away from Him, and He gives us the warmth of our Savior, Jesus.
The next time you are soaking in the glory of a wonderful day, or a beautiful scene outdoors, give thanks also to the One who made that glory, and who gives it as a gift for His treasured people to enjoy.