Day 355 | Tuesday, 9 March 2021
I know we are excited that winter is basically over for this time of year. I came upon this interesting devotional from Our Daily Bread for March 9th and just wanted to share it with you. I promise, no more snow thoughts after this one.
Job 36:26-29; 37:5-7 The Message
25 Everybody sees it; nobody is too far away to see it. No One Can Escape from God 26 "Take a long, hard look. See how great he is - infinite, greater than anything you could ever imagine or figure out! 27 "He pulls water up out of the sea, distills it, and fills up his rain-cloud cisterns. 28 Then the skies open up and pour out soaking showers on everyone. 29 Does anyone have the slightest idea how this happens? How he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder?
5 His word thundering so wondrously, his mighty acts staggering our understanding. 6 He orders the snow, 'Blanket the earth!' and the rain, 'Soak the whole countryside!' 7 No one can escape the weather - it's there. And no one can escape from God.
Snow Muse By: Tim Gustafson
He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth,” and to the rain shower, “Be a mighty downpour.” Job 37:6
“Named for a tough blue-collar neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, the grassroots musical group Over the Rhine sings about a transformation that took place each year in the city. “Whenever we’d get our first real snowfall of the year, it felt like something sacred was happening,” explains band co-founder Linford Detweiler. “Like a little bit of a fresh start. The city would slow down and grow quiet.””
“If you’ve experienced a heavy snowfall, you understand how it can inspire a song. A magical quietness drapes the world as snow conceals grime and grayness. For a few moments, winter’s bleakness brightens, inviting our reflection and delight.”
“Elihu, the one friend of Job who may have had a helpful view of God, noted how creation commands our attention. “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways,” he said (Job 37:5). “He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’” Such splendor can interrupt our lives, demanding a sacred pause. “So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor,” Elihu observed (vv. 6–7).”
“Nature sometimes seizes our attention in ways we don’t like. Regardless of what happens to us or what we observe around us, each moment—magnificent, menacing, or mundane—can inspire our worship. The poet’s heart within us craves the holy hush.”
Reflect & Pray
“What events or things motivate you to ponder God’s greatness and creativity? How can you experience His wonder in your ordinary moments today?”
“Father help me to see Your hand in everything today. Give me a heart to appreciate Your amazing works.”
Today: How does spring help you reflect on God’s greatness and creation?
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Rev. Douglas Knopp, Pastor Emeritus