Written by Melody Ackerman
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you, or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you, and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?” Job 12:7-9
I have had the pleasure and delight of finding rest in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge in Stevenson, WA. The view from the Skamania Lodge Gorge Room is breathtaking. With floor to ceiling windows, I find myself surrounded by God’s beauty and I can’t stop thinking about how all of this was created by God for us.
I think of David and what he wrote “When I look at 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, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalms 8:3-9 ESV Being surrounded by God’s creation makes you realize how very small you are in a very big world created by a gigantic God who has an enormous love for each and every one of us.
Another one of God’s marvelous creations is you. You are created to give others the gift of your time, resources, and abilities in order to glorify God. Right now, one of the most missed things for me is a smile. When I am able to see someone without a mask, it is so valuable. As I type this, I am watching people interact with each other over food and drinks. The smiles, laughs, and expressions that you miss when hidden by a mask are in full view and you can see the enjoyment that is being exchanged with one another. I took this for granted before the pandemic.
Have you ever thought while looking at someone that they are a mirrored image of God? Every person can tell you a little more about who God is, just by spending time with them. Genesis 1:26-28
Many of us work in an office or cubicle for the majority of the day. Our kids go to school and sit at a desk indoors for a large portion of the day. If you are anything like me, I am tired when I get home and I want to “veg out” by watching tv or reading a good book. Dinner is cooked, homework is done and before you know it, it is time for bed and we repeat the day again tomorrow. Being here and seeing all the surprises he has for me; from beautiful colored leaves, oddly shaped pieces of wood, stunning rock formations, to magnificent scenery all around me. I realize that I want to enjoy this more than I do. I want to make time to get away, get outside, and take in all that has been created for my pleasure.
I have also realized during this time away, the gift of spending time with those around me. Listening to families and friends laugh, share stories, and make memories has spurred me on to do the same. When I get back, I’m going to get outside, take in the world around me, invite a few friends over, and smile all the while. I was made for more for this and so were you.
Let’s not take these things for granted anymore, but instead, enjoy the world around us, love the people we are with, and bring glory to our Creator and Savior. Our kids learn from us by watching us. Let’s set a good example of enjoying all of God’s creation; taking time to appreciate the people around us and delight in the splendor of his handiwork. Let's not be so driven, focused, and consumed that we forget to look up. There is a whole world around us that was created just for us.