TAKING GOD FOR GRANTED

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.

How sad.

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

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  1. L.C.T. says:

    Beautiful, beautiful post. I totally agree.

  2. jel says:

    I 2nd what L.C.T. wrote :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Have you ever thought to thank God for color? I used to walk around a little park each morning and I noticed how beautiful every thing was. I would wonder to myself "what if God had made the world in black and white?" Appreciate all things. Just a thought. gmj

  4. The Vannoy Family says:

    Aaaah! We admired the stars too last night… wondering if you all were doing the same thing at camp! "Devo under the stars!" We were all together under the sky and stars! I MISS my boys at camp, but know that they are receiving such "life lessons" and great memories! Thank you for all that you are doing!

  5. Laura says:

    Thanks for a good post and a reminder to take time and enjoy God's creation and be thankful. We had the most amazingly red sunset the other night–I was awestruck.

  6. Stoogelover says:

    Looking up at night was always one of the better moments of being at summer camp!

  7. preacherman says:

    Wonderful words for us all.
    Thanks Trey!

  8. Timbra says:

    this is an "axe" comment. . . boys and axe. . i don't get it. . . in CA we had an annual service week where kids from local and far away congregations came to work with our kids (domestic mission trip) and one year we had 3 jr high boys. .. let's just say. . SWIMMING in axe!!! I guess axe is "timeless" (this was 4 years ago).

  9. Janice Garrison says:

    I agree and I’m guilty of not paying enough attention. Sometimes I wonder if our “gods” have become twitter, FB, Internet, TV, I-tunes, sports, etc. You get the picture and again, I plead guilty to some of what I’ve mentioned. I don’t always like what I see when I try to see me through Gods eyes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    in Gen. 1 God said as he was tell us about creation "It is good" and he was not kidding

  11. Anonymous says:

    hope you learn to slow down man. it is a double edged sword though. on one hand there is all the beautiful and good things you will see and on the other hand there is all the crap. i wouldn't wish for anything less than the wisdom that comes with it, but at times it is overwhelming and sometimes i do wish i could go back.

  12. A student of Christ says:

    How true your post is. I also find it hard to take the time to appreciate all God has given us. May God bless you.

    http://www.thewordismylamp.com

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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