Saturday, April 23, 2016

God Loves Diversity. God Loves Me

     My husband and I love to travel, often taking our travel trailer to sites of beauty. I would rather see God’s creation than all the shows or nightlife available. It’s not that the other is wrong, but nature is my preference. My travels demonstrate insights into God's personality.



Utah's crazy colored rock formations
1.     God loves color in all things.

 

A couple of years ago, we drove through Canyonlands and Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Even the rocks here come in red, green, and purple. A writer’s mind asks the question what if. If aliens did come from other planets, would they be chartreuse or turquoise?

 

2.     God loves different elevations.
 

Grand Tetons
 
from my back yard

 







On that same trip, the Grand Tetons wowed us with their stark climb to heaven, while in my hometown of Wichita Falls, the North Texas plain stretches for miles without much up and down. That makes for God’s use of color in sunsets to be enjoyed.

 








3.     God loves multiple flowers and trees.


Willow Loop between Johnson City and Fredericksburg
 

Earlier this month, our RV headed to the hill country of Central Texas, known for bluebonnets in the spring. My heart rejoiced at the beauty of many varieties of wildflowers. How God must love them! Central Texas abounds with more trees than we have at home, but it was on the coast at Goose Island State Park that God used a tree to impress me with the shortness of our lives. The Big Tree is a live oak known to be over a thousand years old. Wow! 

The 1000 year old big tree

4.     God loves water.



To me, watching water brings peace and tranquility unlike anything else on earth. Rivers, lakes, and creeks ripple along with continued precision despite my troubles or anxiety. My recent trip to Corpus Christi, Texas reminded me of God’s love of water. Never-ending ocean waves demonstrated God’s power and majesty. My heart pounded with the need for worship.
 
  5. God loves me.

 
Have you ever people-watched? Sit at a mall or on a beach and notice the different shapes, features, and colors. God created Adam and Eve much like any human on earth. We have two legs that stand upright, two arms, a mouth, and two eyes and ears, but isn’t it amazing how that basic outline can look so different? God loves diversity. He loved me at two hundred fifty pounds. He loves me now at one hundred forty-seven and seventy-three years old with more wrinkles than curls. Blessed is the name of the Lord.

 
 

For God so loved the world (people) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                        John 3:16

 

God gave His only Son to die on the cross for whosoever (anyone). That means me! How tiny a speck I am among the vast creations of the Lord. What amazing grace and love does He show me every day.

 
God love me, and God loves you.

Let that thought wander through your mind this weekend. Let it settle in your heart and stabilize your life.

2 comments:

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What lovely photographs. I haven't traveled anywhere in a long time, but I still find beauty in God's world right here where I live. The cat and I walk almost every day, just on our land. But the clouds and trees, the flowers, butterflies, and birds, along with rabbits and other of God's creation remind me of God's love and care for us. This is my favorite time to pray, out in the open, in the world God created.

Unknown said...

Beautifully said, Beverly. You are so right. God gave much beauty in our back yard.