December 09, 2023

General Revelation and Awe

Psalm 19:1-14

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

—  Psalm 19:1

Once a week I meet with a friend early in the morning to run along the Chicago lakefront. When we begin, it is usually dark, and the city is quiet. Along the way we have seen a red fox that sleeps under bushes around Buckingham fountain, and we once came upon a handful of coyotes pacing the bike path, looking for rabbits.

By the time we head back, the sun is just beginning to peek over Lake Michigan. Before long, the sun’s rays reflect off Chicago’s silvery, mirrored downtown skyline. The sky begins to take on pink and orange hues, and the water can be so blue. It’s breathtaking every single time. The sheer beauty is something to behold. It is one of the few moments that weekly puts me in a state of awe.

Maybe you have a favorite walk that you take, a favorite spot to watch the sun set, or a telescope to look at stars, planets, or the moon—something that creates in you a sense of awe. Whatever does this for you, can you set aside a few moments today and take in the beauty and awe of God’s creation?

Lord, there is so much beauty in your world. Open our senses to be aware of your beauty and power in your vast creation. Amen!

About the author — Joe Huizenga

Joe Huizenga serves as pastor and executive director of Roseland Christian Ministries in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife, Cate, have four children.

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