The picture I’m sharing is Crescent Beach, Florida. It was taken less than a week ago. The water was warm. The sand was white. It was beautiful. It was a stark contrast to the beaches I’ve been to in California. They’re beautiful no less, but the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean are indeed different. As I type this, that same beach is being pounded with wind and heavy rain as Hurricane Matthew makes its away up the coast. A Hurricane is very scary, but I couldn’t help but wonder; are we still amazed by God? Less than a week ago I was sitting on a beach, in October, in 90 degree weather. Today fierce winds are ripping through that same area. The Pacific Ocean is cool. The Atlantic Ocean is warm. I was reading a children’s devotion book with my children the other day, and that same question was asked; are we in awe of God?
I think at times we have relegated God’s voice to only one way. Devotion with God is once in the morning. But God speaks to us in many ways. Can we hear Him through the trees, or the wind, or the ocean? I think so – if we listen. What is He saying? That’s between you and Him. Is He so amazing to you that you can hear His voice the moment you wake up and walk out of the door? Can you hear Him during sunny breezy days? What about cold, gloomy days? Does lightening scare you, or is that your time to converse with the almighty God? Does the rain annoy you, or is that your time to hear music with God? Does shoveling snow make you late for work, or is that the time you sing praises with the Lord? Is the Lord with you every moment of your day?
Dear Lord, first and foremost, we pray for our brothers and sisters who are in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Dear Lord, we pray for your protection over the entire state of Florida. We pray for friends and love ones. We pray recovery as the storm passes. We thank you Lord for nature. Dear Lord, help us to not allow the busyness of this world make us lose our awe of you. Help us to hear your voice every day Lord – all day. Help us cherish moments of nature. We love you Lord, and we thank you that you are always here ready to speak with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God of hosts is His name. AMOS 4: 13