One of my favorite things about camp is called “devotional under the stars.” At the end of our day we sit out in a dark field under the stars and sing praises to God.
I realized last night, as I was being amazed by God’s beauty, just how much I take His creation for granted. It’s not that I’m ungrateful for what God has given us when it comes to His creation; it’s just that too often I don’t slow down enough to see it.
Maybe I’ve grown too comfortable with God’s creation.
Every day God makes the birds sing amazing songs, and too often I’m not paying attention. Every night God places His magnificent stars in the sky, and I’m too busy to stop and look.
It would be like living in the museum with unbelievable pieces of artwork and becoming so comfortable with them that you are no longer awe-struck when you see them.
Whether it’s the sound of thunder, the glow of a sunset or the singing of a bird, I don’t want to miss God’s creation anymore. I don’t want to be too busy to notice the miracles taking place around me everyday.
As I sat and looked at the stars last night, I wondered, “What if God only let the stars shine once a year, and what if God only let the birds sing one day out of the year?” Then we’d take notice. We’d call our friends and say, “Are you watching,” and “Are you listening?” We’d be in awe of God’s creation again. But then it hit me, God gives me His creation everyday to enjoy, I just have to slow down and see it. I have to quit taking the things He’s created for granted.
Last night the stars and the heavens shouted to me, and I finally listened. May God forgive me for not paying attention more often.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour fourth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4