“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.”
We are barely past mid-winter where I live and yet the first daffodil is out. It greeted me early one morning as I opened the curtains on a new day. Standing tall against a background of elegant snowdrops, under the bare silver birches, it gave a glorious promise of the spring and summer to come.
The beauty of nature is a wonderful gift. Behind the daffodil, the rose, the liquid song of the crested barbet, the deep sunsets and gentle morning skies, the brooding mountains and the sparkling rivers, the surging seas and the crashing storms, lies the power, majesty and beauty of the Creator. No matter where we might live He tells us something of His story, His nature and His being every day and every night. William Blake marvelled
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
As we look upon such things remember to acknowledge the One who conceived them and brought them to be – and who gave us the capacity to see them, wonder at them and be touched by their loveliness. Such awesome beauty must lie at the very heart of our God and how glorious to catch glimpses of it – and what a privilege.
Spare a few moments throughout the day to look, be aware and tell the Lord of the loveliness that you see – and how special He is for creating it and sharing it with you. And, when drawn to criticise someone for something that they have done, pause and choose to look at another instance of God’s work and praise Him instead.
Pause – Look – Listen – Praise.
Father thank You for the beauty that I see around me – and for sharing it with me. Help me to see it and be drawn closer to You. And please bless those whose lives are so dark and crushed that they cannot see it. Amen.