Every day we plug away at all the work that needs to get done. “Work is good for the soul”, they say. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” There’s no argument here. Work can bring a wonderful sense of satisfaction, especially when desired goals are met. It’s the waiting as we’re working that can get sometimes tedious and the wondering if this is the correct approach, that can tear away at our confidence. Then, suddenly out of the blue, there it is. A beautiful surprise to remind us that we are on the right track. Maybe you can relate?
Last month, a few of us were on our way to a Canadian Regional Conference for CEF. I was really looking forward to the trip, as there were many questions on my mind that I was seeking the Lord about that needed answers and direction. Turns out we had a couple hours to spare on our way from Hamilton to the Lake. We pondered on what to do. Having an interest in outdoor excursions, I searched “the net” for any waterfalls in the area. To my surprise, several came up, so I chose the one that followed our route.
When we arrived, the picture did not do it justice. As we walked up the hill and turned the corner, there it was. Not just a little sprinkle of water from the hill top, but a beautiful two-tiered waterfall that gently poured from above. It’s hard to explain the feeling in that moment of release that washed over me. My heart leaped for joy at this magnificent sight, soaking every drop deep into my thirsty soul.
Refreshing is what we received. I could see it in our faces. Though many details from our daily lives still needed some figuring out, the Lord reminded us to take those extra minutes that He gave to enjoy the wonders of His creation. “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all.” Psalm 104:24
God knew exactly what I needed, a beautiful surprise and display of His majesty. Something to take my mind off my work and myself. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” Psalm 8:3-6. What a beautiful surprise while away for work.
The beauty of God’s creation is right in front of us, even under our feet. Let’s look for those precious moments each day that He has made available to take in His handiwork.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Isaiah 55:1
“This is what God the Lord says – the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it.” Isaiah 42:5
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
— Laura Lawrence