God speaks through creation:
“THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day puts forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world”… Psalm 19:1-4
I grew up in a home with a family that went to church regularly and I believed God existed. My parents were great people and they taught me integrity, servanthood and a deep love for family, friendship and belonging. During a family crisis several years after I was married, I gave my entire family to the Lord by choosing to put all my trust in Him. It was at that point I heard the internal voice of the Lord for the first time.
Years later my parents’ health was beginning to decline and I became concerned about their relationship with the Lord. I needed to know they were secure for eternity before it was too late. I fasted and prayed for 5 days and felt an assurance that God would take care of their full salvation and I would know before their time to pass away arrived.
Several more years passed. At the age of 81 my dad was having tests for shortness of breath and weakness when I got the call. My mom was frantic, explaining that dad had a massive heart attack during an angiogram and the doctors told her if he did not have triple bypass surgery he would surely die. They could not guarantee however, that he would make it through the surgery. He had a “do not resuscitate” clause in his living will and did not want to be placed on life support. An hour before that phone call, I had been praying and I clearly heard the Lord speak to me internally, “He shall live and not die!” When the call came, I instructed my mom to allow the doctor to do the surgery, and immediately made arrangements to fly home.
My dad lived two more years and I kept praying for the confirmation of my parent’s salvation. Five months before dad died, I rushed home to take care of both my mom and dad who were sick with pneumonia. I had cooked, cleaned, taken them to doctor’s appointments as well as cared for the yard. At the end of the week, my mom rose one morning. I was already up and had the coffee prepared for them. She walked into the room and sat down beside me. She had always been a proud woman but she looked into my eyes and said, “I don’t know what you have in your church, but I want it!” I replied to her, “Mom, it’s not my church, I have Jesus in my heart; would you like to ask Him to come into your heart?” She replied, “Yes.” I prayed with her and the Lord filled her heart and the room with His peace.
A few minutes passed and my dad walked down the hall to join us. My mother said to my dad, “Roy, Kay Karen just prayed for me and I feel better, why don’t you let her pray for you too?” I then had the privilege of praying for Jesus to come into my dad’s heart also. It was a glorious day.
Five months afterward, my father died. We were in Texas that week visiting friends and family. We had left my mom and dad’s home the day before to see friends in Rockwall when I got the call. We rushed home. After leaving the funeral home that afternoon, I began to feel fear thinking, “What if I was wrong or he wasn’t secure with God?” Prayerfully, I asked the Lord to please confirm to me that my dad’s soul was safe with Him in heaven. As soon as I said amen, I looked out of the automobile window and saw a beautiful double rainbow in the sky! The Lord spoke to me inside saying, “I have put My rainbow in the sky as my promise to you.” It wasn’t just a rainbow, it was two rainbows. His promise was double-sure! His peace flooded my heart and I could celebrate that my dad was in heaven and I would see him again one day. That was the first time I realized that the Lord speaks to us through Creation.
In 2004 we were in Yosemite on vacation and planned a picnic so that we could stay at Half Dome until the sun went down. A distant shower moved over the valley and I was able to capture a picture of a beautiful double rainbow in front of Half Dome. It reminded me of the promise the Lord had given me eight years earlier.
Each opportunity I have to go into nature and walk on mountain paths winding through creeks and waterfalls that are lined by majestic trees excites me. Every walk is a new adventure in which the Lord speaks through those things He has created. I have received many profound lessons walking among His handiworks.
This picture speaks of perseverance in the time of trouble; and steadfastness when trusting in the Lord. “GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and wellproved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.” Psalm 46:1-2 In this picture, the earth had obviously washed away from the valley floor during a torrential rain. The trees, unmoved, extended large roots downward to establish a secure hold keeping them upright and strong. The storm did not destroy them, but gave them the opportunity to plant their roots deeper in their foundation so that they could continue to stand.
When we are weak, He is strong, enabling us to bear up under any and every circumstance that comes our way, supporting and sustaining us until we are able to stand again. When we have made the Lord our foundation, we will remain steadfast although everything around us is shaken and falls away. He will cause us to succeed when others fail because we have put our trust in Him! We will not only hold on, we will grow and prosper blessing others, while always pointing to Him as the answer.
Looking at Yellowstone’s “Grand Canyon”, we stood in awe. The Majesty and Glory of God can be seen in the beauty and power of creation. The powerful force created by the waterfall causes a deafening roar that is astounding. Huge boulders are carved and changed by the mighty surge of water pouring over high mountain cliffs. The sight and sound is both beautiful and terrible at the same time. “Gird your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things…Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.” Psalm 45:3, 4 and 6. (Emphasis mine).
Whether we are looking at a huge waterfall gushing into a valley floor or watching violent waves crash into cliffs at the ocean’s edge, the power of God is evident. The One Who created power is All Powerful. He has the Power to defend and deliver us from all our troubles. He has the Grace to carry us, and the Love and Mercy to sustain us. He abundantly supplies all we need and lavishly blesses us with His presence and His love. He has an unlimited supply so that we are never wanton because we trust in Him.
Peering down at Alaska’s glorious glacier-laden mountains from 30,000 feet above, one can imagine the Mountain of the Lord where He is high and lifted up above the clouds and all creation. “ADONAI! Our Lord! How glorious is your name throughout the earth! The fame of your majesty spreads even above the heavens! From the mouths of babies and infants at the breast you established strength because of your foes, in order that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place—what are mere mortals, that you concern yourself with them; humans, that you watch over them with care?” Psalm 8:1-4 (Complete Jewish Bible).
The Lord is worthy to receive all honor and praise for Who He is. There is only One God, One Truth and One Way. He is higher than all. He is the King of all kings, He is the Lord of all lords. He is Supreme Majesty, Splendor and Glory although His attention is upon us, His children. He calls us the apple of His eye, and He has carved our name upon the palm of His hand. He has created such beautiful and awesome wonders for us to enjoy. It is His delight to show us the works of His hands because in them, we can see the possibilities of God in our lives! Of everything He has made, we are His greatest joy and His love for us fulfills us and empowers us to shine for Him. Our hearts swell at the knowledge of His love for us.
Yellowstone’s Old Faithful rises out of the earth every hour like clockwork. The park rangers at Yellowstone can tell each day exactly when Old faithful will spew forth steam from within the earth. Hour by hour, day by day, year by year and decade by decade Old Faithful has released its flume of steam high into the air for visitors’ amazement. It is a testimony to the faithfulness of God. “I will proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord. Concede and ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are law and justice. A God of faithfulness without breach or deviation, just and right is He.” Deuteronomy 32:3-4. The sun rising every morning and the moon at night testify to the faithfulness of God. The seasons each have their specific purpose, and all declare the unswerving faithfulness of the Lord. They confirm His unfailing love, because every morning His mercy toward us is new and fresh. His love is never ending and His Word is established in all the earth! He is not slack and He cannot fail.
“For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks)”… Romans 1:20
The Lord speaks to His people through His creation. The mysteries of God are revealed by what He has made. The wonders of creation confirm God exists and He loves us. They teach us mighty truths, and the lessons learned are eternal. Can you hear Him speaking?