When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4)
What comes to mind when you think of the following words; mundane, routine, ordinary, routine and boring? How about everyday life? Reality TV through its skillful editing, and its allegations of scripted scenes, would have us believe that life is a mile a minute adrenaline rush. This type of life is the invention of Hollywood fiction, like the movie Crank where the main character is poisoned and must keep his adrenaline flowing constantly in order to keep himself alive. Life for the most part is routine and thank God it is because I’m not sure I could stand that much excitement.
Last Friday I was having what I would call an ordinary day, working from home at my kitchen table. The sky was overcast which as anyone living in Pittsburgh can attest is the norm. I looked out my kitchen window when suddenly a stunningly colorful yellow and black bird appeared on the bird feeder. I had never before seen a bird like it in this area. Wanting to capture the moment for posterity, I hurriedly snapped a picture of it with my iPhone, which accounts for the blurry quality of the picture you see posted. While I do see cardinals and bluejays, most of the birds I see day to day are drab colored. Pittsburgh is not the tropics and is not known for its colorful flora and wildlife. I silently thanked and worshiped God for the brief encounter with one of his beautiful creatures. I refer to encounters like these as “God moments” – instances that cause me to worship and adore God for his awesomeness and his love for me.
I’ve had some of my most memorable God moments taking out the garbage. It’s not a misprint. Yes, I did write, “taking out the garbage.” I live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have street lights and is away from the bright lights of the city. I used to take the garbage out in the evening. (I no longer take out the trash, that’s what teenage sons are for!) On clear evenings I got a good view of the stars and planets. I have always been fascinated with astronomy. Gazing into the night sky and thinking about the millions of miles away the heavenly bodies are from Earth reminded me of the vastness of God. On untold occasions I broke out in spontaneous worship and recited Psalms 8:3-4.
What are your God moments? Perhaps it’s seeing the unbridled joy on the face of a young child at play. Perhaps it’s the cleansing smell after a cooling rainfall. Perhaps it’s the smell of honeysuckle in the spring or seeing a blanket of freshly fallen, undistributed snow in the winter. Whatever your God’s moments are, don’t forget to have them. Relish them and worship the creator. Do not be like the prophet Elisha’s servant who when faced with a vast host arrayed against him, panicked. Be like Elisha, when he prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17).
What are your God moments? I’d really like to hear about them and invite you to leave comment to this post sharing them. Also, if there are any bird experts out there, I’d really like to know what species of bird it is that is captured on the picture at the top of this post and offered me my own recent God moment.