Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to Reality

Psalm 27:4 ( NIV)
One thing  I ask from the Lord,this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Alaska- What a beautiful part of God's creation!

We arrived last night and due to the time change I am still awake :) Alaska along with the Grand Canyon have been two places that were on my "bucket list" if you will. Earlier this year I was able to get a glimpse at the Grand Canyon and now my eyes have seen Alaska.

It's massive, more than my eyes were able to fully capture. It's the same feeling I got when I looked at the Grand Canyon. It's interesting because I'm never sure what I am supposed to feel or what my reaction will actually be. After looking at God's beautiful creation it doesnt' take long for me to feel small. I've looked, stared, pondered, and just stood in awe at the enormous landscape of mountains. Mountains covered in such thick clouds; heavy fog, hovering over the peaks so as not to recognize where the mountain even ends. I thought of how Scriptures describes God's presence (Exodus 24:16), it was incredible. We traveled though Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and of coursce Glazier Bay. The immense size of the the glazier; is breath taking. It's frozen water, thick blue ice that I tryed to take in with my eyes. In the stillness and quietness of the moment; you are starring, trying to comprehend the colossal image before you and suddently a roaring sound of thunder begins to absorb the quietness. It cracks, roars and rumbles; its the sound of the glazier dropping pieces of ice; ice chucks rolling down mountains and glazier pieces falling into the oceans.
Its a private "4th of July" exposion. It was really a spectacular view to embrace.

Again I was reminded of another Scripture passage that speaks of Jesus coming into Jeruselum and the crowd is shouting Hosanna. Some Pharisees ask Jesus to hush his disciples. Jesus replies, if they keep quiet the stones will cry out (Luke 19:40). It's the world that God created that I am beholding. Creation, speaking of God, his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, clearly seen so that we are without excuse. He's real and creation testifies.(Romans 1:20)

As we were leaving Sunday morning, packing and getting ready to return home, I chatted with another passenger quickly and said, "well, back to reality"; to which he said, yeah it really stinks (that's not the word he really used). I turned to my husband and I said, I love my reality! Don't misunderstand me, I enjoy vacation; its great to get away and this was one of my best vacations ever. But returning home always brings my heart joy. I have often shared this sentiment with others because I really do like "my reality".

I enjoy the ordinary, the simple everyday motions of life. For me that means being a wife and a mom. It encompasses a job and that which is dearest to my heart, serving the Lord in his house. This is the first time that I can remember being away from church for this long, and I must say I was home sick. My "reality" was given a great "splash" of "awe". Awe that my heart experienced and my senses could not fully comprehend. As extraordinary as it all was the "awe" is really for the Creator. Alaska, just a tiny demonstration to the the words God spoke and that we read in Genesis . He made it all and my heart woships him. The Gift Giver is greater than the gift. The Creater more magnificant than his creation.

Glad to be back in realty. Here are a few snapshots of God's creation.
God bless you!~Liz


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