Living in a beautiful valley in Western Washington, Mt Rainier (or as locals call her, “The Mountain”) seemingly stands guard over us like a sentinel. The beauty of this mountain, though, seems to hide the fact that our old girl is an active volcano. It’s beauty is intoxicating and never gets old. Maybe that is why we sometimes forget her potential explosive side. Whatever the case, it’s this masterpiece of creation, shrouded in mystery, that has inspired the following…
Majestic in beauty, Masked in mystery, Seemingly docile, But you are oh so not. Taken for granted as people live unawares. Enjoyed and photographed, People standing in awe. Your presence so imposing, Your potential almost ignored, You stand over our valley, Seemingly on guard. I know that you are there, Yet I never tire of the scene, Your radiance is ever changing, Always taking my breath away. I could stare at you for hours, And never get bored, Your artistic beauty is always there, Your splendor pointing me to God the Creator. You seem larger than life, But I know that is not true, For God Almighty is bigger still, Whose majesty is unmatched. And so I stare and stare and stare some more, Gazing at you, You are so beautiful, Reminding me that God my Father is more.
God is oh so… amazing awesome creative majestic artistic awesome (did I say that already?) Awe-inspiring And a host of other adjectives.
To look at this scene; this artwork, and say this is just a random event is to live a life with blinders on. A sad life, really; going through life in black and white without the wonder and majesty of our Creator God. This is not random but purposefully crafted for our enjoyment but more importantly to the glory of God. People have complimented me on this photo, but really, how I can (or anyone for that matter) take credit for a beautiful photo like this. I mean, this scene was and is there. I just happened to be there to capture it on some digital media. This is God’s masterpiece, painted on His canvas and with His mighty hand.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. God’s masterpieces are all around you. Stop and smell the roses (or look at the mountains) and give God the glory.
Holy and awesome God, Your mighty hand is powerful and gentle. It can shake and rend the heavens and the earth and it can cradle a new-born life. Your hand can also craft a scene that can take our breath away; drawing our attention to You. Oh God, what can be known about You is indeed evident in creation. May we never be so busy as to miss Your majesty all around. Thank you for taking my breath away with such beauty. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.