A Simple Sunset
Have you ever stood looking at a sunset and thought, "wow, this is the most incredible thing I've ever seen. How could something so beautiful even be possible?"
In my devotional reading today, one of the readings was from Genesis 31-32, Abraham encountering God. In this reading, Abraham struggles with God and prevails, so God changes his name to Israel. Abraham names this place Peniel because this is where he met God face to face and his life was prevailed. This part of the reading stuck out because it made me think of a question I have been asking myself quite often lately: where do I see God in my life? Where do I see God reveal God's self to me in my day? What is God's purpose for me?
In these blogs, we will be exploring these questions on where God is, how God is revealed in even the minor things within life. For me, to look at something like the sunset, something we see every day and let pass by, but to take the time to really look, really observe its beauty, it's impossible to doubt the existence of God in our lives. The natural beauty within a sunset is so detailed, so perfect and so incredibly peaceful that no human could ever truly explain how it comes to pass.
Over the past few months, God has revealed himself to me in many ways. he's shown me that there is this desire to become involved in the Church for a future career, and hopefully within youth ministry and share my faith experiences with youth in order for them to find the same desire I did to learn more about God in my life. God has blessed me with love, and recently this year I became engaged to the most amazing man, and God often shows Himself to me through him and how I can better myself and live a truly good life, through our experiences and talks with one another.
God is so good and so perfect that it's hard for us to grasp Him wanting to love us and reveal Himself to us, but through the sacrifice of Jesus, God's Son, there is so much possibility for us, so much happiness, so much good. We just need to be open to taking time to see God in our life, through prayer, reflection and slowing down to see the beauty in the world, such as through a sunset.
Today's suggested prayer is in the words of Orin L. Crain:
Slow me down, Lord. Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace. Give me, amidst the day's confusion the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of singing streams that live in my memory. Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking minute vacations.... slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book. Remind me of the fable of the hare and the tortoise; that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than measuring its speed. Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak and know that ... it grew slowly ... and well. Inspire me to send my own roots down deep... into the soil of life's endearing values... That I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny. Slow me down, Lord. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen.