Thursday, December 2, 2010

my Father's world

I have a habit of raising the blinds on the back door when I wake up in the morning. Each time I gaze through that glass, the view is different, ever changing with the weather and seasons.

Like many other mornings, the view today was spectacular.

I don't live in the beautiful countryside. I don't live in a part of the country with mountains, we don't even have hills!

Just plain. old. flat. Texas. Non-exotic, densely populated Houston to be exact.

And yet I can see God's handprint right here.

I see Him in the dewy grass.

I see Him in the clear blue of the sky.

I feel His power in the mighty gusts of wind that whip around me.

I marvel at His handiwork.

I went to bed last night feeling sad and tired, the familiar weight of sorrow heavy upon my chest.

I woke up this morning to the sun streaming in my windows, the dew frozen on the grass, and new mercies!

It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

God is near.

I can almost picture Him walking through the grass and dew.

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world, he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

-Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Have you said hello to God today? Do you look for Him? Do you know Him personally? Is He your Father?


moreofhim said...

Beautiful post, Marsha!! Those pictures are amazing!!

I love to wake up and look out my windows to the mountains (we have mountains - LOL) and the birds at the bird feeder and I don't doubt for a minute that we have a loving God in heaven.

I'm dealing with stuff right now, too, but I know that I know that my God is with me, holding me under his wing and caring for me. Honestly, I couldn't get through if I didn't know that.

Thinking of you and praying for you, dear Marsha!!

Love, Julie

Susan said...

I love that song, and I was thinking that if I didn't see the words to it by the time I reached the bottom of this post I was going to send them to you! Thanks for reminding me to see God in the everyday things.

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Scott said...

Marsha, I hate it when people tell me "You are so inspiring to me". That just goes all over me! I usually respond by saying, "Thanks you, but the inspiration is God's beauty, and He inspires me".

So, let me say this to you...

"Thank you for allowing God's love, compassion, and the beauty He supplies to inspire me through your words and photos".

Have a BLESSED day!

Christine said...

I have the same habit of opening my curtains and blinds in the morning. I love the different view of the same mountains each morning. I love you Marshy!

Ruth said...

Having grown up in Houston, I am impressed that you are able to see it in such a light. I decided to run away to the mountains, but ended up in the high desert. God wants me learn to praise all his creation, not just the easy stuff. Thanks for the reminder.

Leanne said...

Thanks for reminding me!!!

I grew up in Southern CA, 3 miles away from the Pacific Ocean. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than sunset on the water. I'm a water girl, really a beach girl.

Now I live in one of the most beautiful states in the country, and it's so diverse. I've seen Him in so, so many different places here.

I open up all the blinds too, in the mornings. I love being able to see outside!

GammySel said...

Hello my sweet friend. Been a while... Could sure use a dose of encouragement lately. Been feeling discouraged , wondering where He is. Not able to hear him.


Unknown said...

Another beautiful post that makes me stop and thank my heavenly father. Thank you.

MarieElizabeth said...

That is a wonderful view - and what you see when you look into it is even better.

Faith - said...

Beautiful! You have such a gift with your camera, your heart, and your words.
I absolutely love you!