Beautiful picture, isn’t it? I took it with my phone on January 9, on my street as I was on my way to the office in the morning. It was a sight that was hard to pass up – a great reminder that God doesn’t have a limited amount of beauty that he spends only on a few places where people spend their vacations. This is in Boardman, OH, and we are on his map.
Have you ever wondered what that first rainbow must have looked like to Noah and his family? They had never seen one before. I’ve heard that there had been no rain until the flood because God would water the earth through springs in the ground. That point is debated, but if it is true, the rain must have been amazing to them as well.
They hadn’t been expecting it. How could they have? I suppose that’s why this picture on our street gave me pleasure. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen that often where I live, so it’s treasured when it does.
There are many more ways God shows his beauty, but we miss them because we aren’t expecting them. His awesomeness can be seen in an unexpected smile from a guy at the toll booth. His grace can be experienced via a well-timed snow day – not just because of the day off, but because of how magnificently the billions of snowflakes lie on the rest of his creation. Sometimes we forget how much he loves us, and what he’s capable of, so he sends us amazing reminders.
So, this picture is a wake up call. If I want to be attracted to God more I must be on the look out for the little surprises he sends my way that aren’t really so small.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.