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Archive for March, 2011

This time of year is especially beautiful in northern Virginia. Millions of trees are beginning to bud and flowers are finally showing signs of color which reminds us that winter is (hopefully) in the rear view mirror.  Taking it all in can leave you speechless. This past Saturday was no exception.

About 9am, we piled in the Tahoe and headed for Mt. Vernon. There was a mandatory stop at Krispy Kreme for some health food, and then we arrived. If you’ve never visited, Mt. Vernon is a really beautiful place. George had a very nice home. But what was most impressive was the backyard view. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a view from someone’s backyard as the breathtaking look out on the Potomac. The huge pecan trees added to the scene and it was really a sight to behold. I couldn’t help but be reminded of God’s majesty as I looked at all He had created.

Then, Sunday morning aroud 6am as I was on my way to church, I noticed the moon. I realize it’s there every night, but it was special for some reason (later, I found out that it was the closest it’ll be to Earth in the next 20 years). Even though I was already running a little late, I had to pull over and take it in. It was so HUGE and BRIGHT – I almost felt like I could touch it.  And in that moment, I truly sensed God saying “I’m here. I’m right here with you. I’ll never leave you or forsake you. And I’m constantly sending you small reminders, if you’ll just take the time to look for them.”

That morning we sang “Cannons” which is quickly becoming one of my favorite worship songs. Here’s the chorus:

You are holy, great and mighty; the moon and the stars declare who You are

I’m so unworthy, but still You love me; forever my heart will sing of how great You are.

I want to live my life in such a way that the words to this song are true. I want to be like a mirror, reflecting God’s glory to the world. I don’t have any glory or beauty or majesty or talent or ability that is worth anything compared to God. He’s the giver of all good gifts, and He never ceases to amaze me, steadily reminding me that a life surrendered to Him is truly the only life worth living. Apart from Him, I’d be so lost. And with Him, and only with Him, I can know true joy and fully appreciate something as simple as the moon.

This week, join in with the moon and the stars and declare God’s glory to someone you know. Share your faith and live it out. You’ll be glad you did.

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