Tuesday, July 22, 2008

God's Own Sanctuary

My husband and I took a short trip to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico to locate our peace of mind. Somewhere along the journey of a rough 2008, we'd lost it. Along the nature trails we wandered noticing the wildflowers thrusting blooms out of a rock, butterflies sniffing one flower after another, and beaver dams changing the flow of rushing streams. The majesty of a chain of several 14,000+ high mountains made us feel small. In the flight of the tiny hummingbirds outside our room, we located our peace again.

I love the beautiful manmade sanctuaries where we worship weekly. Our own church, maintained by loving hands, gives comfort and charm and creates an atmosphere for God to move in our lives. Nature is God's own sanctuary, opening the arms of gigantic trees to welcome us, mountains to put our problems into perspective, and sturdy wildflowers that remind us God is bigger than circumstances. The one who makes the hummingbird fly against all odds controls mine and Charles' problems. Sometimes we must pause and remember that.

Are you needing a worship service in God's sanctuary? You don't have to drive to the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps a lake, small hills near your home, or in your own backyard (in the morning when it's cooler if you live in Texas) is right for you. If you're feeling overwhelmed, I urge you to seek His presence in the chapel He created Himself. He will always met us there.
God bless you all.

3 comments:

Moonine Sue Watson said...

Janet,
What a wonderful description of your trip. With high gas prices, you gave a good idea of looking around you. The sunset last night was beautiful. One of the great things about Texas is the sunrises and sunsets are always visible.

Did you see the big orange full moon a few nights ago?

It makes me want to sing a song of praise.

I'm glad you had some rest.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. I love moments like the one you describe. Years ago Jackye took Sheila and I to National conference in Denver and she insisted on stopping at Garden of the Gods on the way home. Sheila and I were all "no, we wanna go home," but she insisted. I've never been so happy with someone who made me do something I didn't want to do. I stood there surrounded by these amazing sights and thought how can people say God doesn't exist in the presence of all this beauty? Same thing when I think about the intricacies of the human body and the alignment of the planets and everything! Thank you for a beautiful post, Janet!

Debra said...

Ooh, I wanna go! (jumping up and down)

Maybe when we go to Denver next year for conference, we can drive, so we can experience it too!