Monday, October 28, 2013

{Day 28} The Skies Aren't the Only Ones Proclaiming - Psalm 19:1



Tonight, nine hungry souls were about to devour the result of my labor in the kitchen, as they often do. The dinner was piping hot, ready to be scooped onto plates. An hour's work would soon morph into fuel that would fill bellies in mere minutes.

As I mustered up the courage to call the kids to dinner (you do know what I mean, right?), I looked out the back door to see that a burning sunset was beginning to paint the landscape. The mountains were bathed in a pinkish hue, and the field of grass that juts up against the spot where the rivers meet the ocean when the tide is out, were a brilliant burnt orange.

From my vantage point, the trees were blocking too much of the view I knew lay beyond. And I felt frustrated I couldn't just reach out and part the trees like Moses parted the waters.

So I grabbed my camera, made sure it was okay for me to bail on the family and dinner, and then bolted. I drove to my dad and stepmom's house, which is just through the trees and possesses a view like no other.




Psalm 19:1 immediately came to mind as I watched heavens show off while the sun furthered it's decent. The skies were definitely making a proclamation on this night.

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 
 



As I stood there snapping picture after picture, my thoughts moved to the book I'm reading called A Million Little Ways, written by a new friend. She wrote this book for us all -- because we too declare the glory of God.

    "If history is anything to go on, then one thing I know for sure is, the job I do with my hands will change over time.
    I don't believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life." - pg. 40

 The way you pack lunches for school, write thank you notes after a party, or snip bangs that hang over eyes is one of the many ways He declares His glory through you. But we struggle with how to reconcile the different gifts and talents we see evident in the lives around us. Our gifts seem small or useless sometimes. And we don't like that feeling.

    "We may be displeased with the ways he wants to reveal his glory through us because they don't look like the ways he reveals his glory through others." - pg. 27 

But what if we believed our role was just as important as violins are to an orchestra. And bees are to pollination? They're vital parts, playing important roles. Just like us.

Next time you look at the skies as they proclaim the work of His hands, remember that you too declare the glory of God in that way only you can.










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2 comments:

  1. "If history is anything to go on, then one thing I know for sure is, the job I do with my hands will change over time.
    I don't believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life." - pg. 40

    Amanda, you have no idea how perfect the timing of this is. It actually makes me grateful the delivery on your book was delayed.

    Today is my last day of work as a hairdresser. I have never been anything BUT a hairdresser. I have been asking God permission to leave the salon for 4 years now. And after many, many lessons, He opened the door and I will walk through it tonight. Though I am excited about Life After Today, I have been wondering what I will be....and though I know that I am a Child of God over any job title, I dont know how NOT to be a hairdresser. I'm actually a little overwhelmed and speechless right now. This Gift was exactly what I needed to hear before heading into my last day.....

    Thank you for taking this 31 day challenge my friend. This day has blessed me more than I could have imagined.

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    1. I teared up upon reading this when I woke. I'm so thankful, Janee. When I wrote the part that said, "snip bangs that hang over eyes" - I wrote that for you, not knowing if you'd end up reading this or not. I'm praying for you today, and as you continue to step out!!!

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