Sunday, November 13, 2016

VARMINTS, CRITTERS, AND BIG RED MOONS


A few years ago, we were blessed to behold one of God’s more unusual creations on our back deck -- a varmint that carries the official scientific name of “Nutria,” which sounds like a faux sweetener to me. Said Nutria looks like a combination of a beaver and a Jurassic rat, and it belongs in Louisiana marshes, so what it’s doing in the Midwest, I dunno. We're accustomed to seeing feral cats, and the occasional skunk or raccoon, but this varmint was totally unexpected. It’s good to get shook up occasionally, especially as a retired person. It keeps the blood pumping.
There are many other critters that we take for granted, like cute little ladybugs, delicate butterflies, and pretty green inchworms. But the rare sight of a jungle-sized spider weaving its trap on my deck causes shock and awe, and a desire to move to Antarctica, where there are only frozen spiders.
It’s easy sometimes to take for granted the daily sun-sets, and moon-rises. I’ll never forget the day when my “laissez-faire” attitude towards the created universe was immediately changed. We were driving home on our hilly road, and there was a harvest moon so huge, blazingly orange, and low on the horizon that I swore it had landed ON the street in front of us. My heart almost stopped for the extreme beauty, and yes, even fear of God’s creation!
I’ve come to realize that in daily Bible readings, it can be easy, through repetition, to take for granted the sovereignty of God, and the eternality and dominion of Christ. It’s important for me to stop occasionally, and meditate on the times that people in the Bible actually fell on their faces when confronted with the majesty and holiness of God (Genesis 17:3), and of the preincarnate and risen Christ (Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 1:17). There will come a day when “at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10).
Lord Jesus, may I never become a spiritual sluggard, thus taking You and Your sovereign authority for granted. Thank You for getting me “shook up” once in a while, to keep the proper perspective of humility before You, and to keep my “spiritual blood” pumping.

5 comments:

  1. I was just reading in Revelations this morning, Revelations 1, has this same reminder.

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  2. Love this. A lot of Christians have forgotten to be reverent and have forgotten how holy the Lord is!
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  3. Standing in awe of God is essential

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  4. It is good to get shaken up. I'm one of those rare people that embraces change most of the time!

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