LIVES TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN
With schools and churches closed, businesses shuttered, so many people unemployed, and the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, we have lost control of certain aspects of our lives.
It seems our lives have been turned upside-down. Sadly, many lives have been lost to COVID-19. Yet, we are encouraged by stories of healing. With so much fear and uncertainly invading our lives at the present time, we can still remember that God has blessed us by giving us nature’s beauty and resources.
Earth Day is a good reminder that God has made us responsible to care for the world around us. (Psalm 8:6-8) He created Earth’s resources for our use and His pleasure, but He expects us to use them with care.
I’m sharing these nature photos as a reminder of God’s goodness and love for us. Our lives and our times are in His hands.
Are you familiar with Isaac Watts’ hymn, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”? It’s one of my favorites, a hymn of praise to God of creation:
“I sing the mighty power of God, That made the mountains rise;
That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
“I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with His word, And then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, Where’er I turn my eye:
If I survey the ground I tread, Or gaze upon the sky!
“There’s not a plant or flow’r below, But makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, By order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee Is ever in Thy care,
And ev’rywhere that man can be, Thou, God art present there.”
May 7 is the National Day of Prayer, an opportune time to join together in praying for the healing of our nation, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.