Thoughts from Vacation

Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 139: 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.


Last week we went on a little vacation to Arkansas. During that vacation I experienced both Psalm 19:1 and Psalm 139:7. In the same week we were 240 feet under the earth and 1,000 feet above it.

First, we went to Blanchard Springs Cavern near Mountain   View, Arkansas. The elevator ride down to the cave made me smile. We were traveling the equivalent of a 24 story building straight down. The first cavern we went into was 75 feet tall. It was amazing. There was a column in the cavern that went from the floor to the ceiling. It looked as if the column was holding up the place. All around us there was beauty to behold. It truly made us feel small as we considered how deep we were and how big the cavern (that we didn’t even know existed before that week) was. I began to think about all the nooks and crevices like Blanchard Springs Cavern that there are in the world. Many of those places are unexplored. They just sit there as a home for small insects and animals. How big and creative God must be to make things like that all over the world. It was both comforting and awe inspiring to think that God is as much in the depth of the earth as He is everywhere else.

Our second adventure was up the side of PinnacleMountain. Although not tall by RockyMountain standards, PinnacleMountain is tall enough for me to climb. For any who don’t know me, I am not all that good with heights. We spent an hour or so climbing up the boulder strewn trail. As we were struggling up it, folks coming down kept telling us that the view was worth it. They were right. We could see the whole valley below us. We could see a river on one side and a lake on the other. We could see houses that looked like ant houses (if ants had that kind of house). Roads were ribbons in the landscape. It felt like we were on top of the world. The God made beauty was all around us. The heavens were certainly declaring the glory of God. I had to just stand and drink it in.

Worship comes in all shapes and sizes. Let me encourage you today, don’t miss an opportunity. Whether it is the wonder of God’s creation or spending time with God’s people on Sunday, don’t miss out! Breathe deep of the love and wonder of God. He is with you on the mountain. He is with you in the valley. He is even with you under the earth. I hope that truth can hold you and cause you to marvel with me today. May it encourage you if you are in the low place. May that truth lead you to praise the God who could make such wonders and still walk by your side.

Let me leave you with these thoughts from King David from Psalm 8, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” Don’t let God’s creation make you feel small. Let it remind you of how big our God is.

Something to think about,

Pastor John

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