Psalms 33

6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.

Hiking in the Wichita’s

Today, Marci and I went to the Wichita Mountain Refuge. We love getting out of the house and escaping into wilderness whenever we get the chance. It provides an outlet for us to engage with each other and forget the pressures and some of the monotonous responsibilities that we have. We got about 8 miles of hiking in and I got to use some of my new camping pots I got for Christmas (Dorky I know)! Although this wasn’t the prettiest or most enthralling scenery we have experienced, God continues to amaze me with His capabilities.

Even as science constructs a more knowledgeable account of the creation, there are still wide gaps of the unknown left to be considered. With these new theories and advancements, I think there begins to be a loosening in our imagination of God creating. Personally, I believe some of the main concepts of what science has attributed to the formation of the earth, but I also believe that YHWH was the one behind it. My fear is that the more I gain knowledge about a Big Bang or even more specific details like mitosis, I lose the awe factor as I look at creation.

Not Even Close

Romans 8

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

There is one thing that will always bring me back to awe, though. Anything I see or experience here is still a long, long fall from what God intends for us in heaven.

This is where I go when I want to retreat; there are no bars, annoying ads, or red lights. Here, I can remember why I persevere and find a glimpse of God has in store. The world constantly reminds me that it is still broken, but here, realizing that is not so bad. God’s Kingdom is a physical renewal as much as it is a spiritual one. No matter what views or experiences we have here on earth, it will never come close in comparison to what God has planned beyond the threshold of His Kingdom.