Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes… – Psalm 96
It’s always a challenge, in a world so busy and frenetic as ours, to put the hurry aside and pay attention to the glory all around us. But when we do – breathing in the amazing artistry of creation – that moment (or series of moments if we are really do stop to take it all in) can fill us up with wonder and with love.
So yesterday afternoon, rushing from one part of the house to another because I had too many things on my plate, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye and was rewarded with a close up view of this magnificent hawk. So I spent the next thirty minutes watching him move around the garden.
The “work” I didn’t get done during that half hour was soon made up. But had I ignored God’s gift and passed up the opportunity to drink in the wonder, my soul would most certainly have been impoverished.
Stopping to smell the roses is just the beginning – try watching the hawks one day. But whatever you do, take the time to let the wonder seep in to the deep places, and do it with a heart wide open to receive God’s graces.
Peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.