Friday, October 22, 2010

Learning from the Redwoods

I read this today in 'Our Daily Bread' and thought it was so profound, because we don't really marvel at creation anymore. We have become too jaded and self-centered to see the beauty around us.

"Learning from the Redwoods"

North America’s Pacific Coast Redwoods are some of the biggest trees in the world. The tallest on record, Hyperion, soars 379 feet into the air.
During a visit to California’s Muir Woods National Park, I was surprised and overwhelmed by the enormity of those redwoods. Trees as tall as a 30-story building seemed to press me into the forest floor while drawing my thoughts upward.
The memory of what I felt at the base of some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world has left me with lingering thoughts about their origin. Those redwoods, like the family tree of our own humanity, are rooted in a Creator who is infinitely and eternally greater than His creation.
The prophet Isaiah caught a glimpse of this God. In a vision that mingled the wonders of a Messianic kingdom with the promise of a new heaven and earth, he describes One who makes the skies His throne and the earth His footstool (Isaiah 66:1).
Yet Isaiah saw something even more overwhelming. He saw a great God who wants His people to be “glad and rejoice forever in what I create” (65:18). In response, let’s bow before Him in humble adoration (66:2).

How glorious to think ahead
Of blessings yet to be,
Of help from God while life shall last—
Then joys eternally!
-      Dave Branon

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