Rain! How fantastic. Constant, gentle, soaking rain. From a huge gray arch above us. Just like the blue seems to go on forever, the gray clouds stretched up and up, from one set of mountains to the other, all across the sky. I loved it.
Now today, things are turning even greener than that were Tuesday morning after the little sprinkles Monday night. The mockingbird appreciates it. Yesterday morning he was singing this long complicated melody. Today he’s singing in short little bursts of joy. Like he’s giggling!
If you’ve read here you know lots of times I relate events and scenes to scriptures and this morning I’m thinking of Isaiah 40. 12Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?....
21Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; [He] stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:…
25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
When you live in the east, (or the Midwest , Ohio, West Virginia, the area where I grew up and lived for much of my life:) those are beautiful descriptive words. But the trees and hills and little mountains crowd close around you blocking your view of the scope of the earth. It’s not until you stand under this desert sky and look from one set of mountains on the east to the other set on the west, that you comprehend the gigantic majesty of God. The word “awesome” is over-used in our society, but “awesome” in all of its meaning and grandeur is the only description that applies to God and the Work of His Hands. Grand, over-whelming, breath-taking, splendid, fabulous, tremendous, remarkable, outstanding, amazing, superb, impressive, marvelous….
Come to the southwest and go out in the desert. Stand between the mountains and look up and away. You will see what I mean.