God Delights Us

Great are the works of the Lord,
exquisite in all their delights.

Psalm 111:2

A few weeks ago, I admitted that I was as tired as my poor husband was that day. My admittedly self-imposed to-do list had overwhelmed me and I needed a break. So it was that I joined my husband in the family room to relax. It didn’t take long for us to be drawn in by the travel channel. We discovered a series of shows which featured Alaska. The week before, friends had shared that they’re planning a cruise to the 49th State. Ever since, I couldn’t help relishing flashbacks to the wonder we’d encountered there. Though cloudy weather had prevented us from viewing the Aurora Borealis, we encouraged our friends take every opportunity for a potential sighting. Much to my absolute joy, the program my husband and I watched that day featured the Aurora in all its glory.

Though I’m certain that these images didn’t do justice to God’s handiwork, they took our breath away. They gave my husband and me a most welcome distraction from our fatigue. Perhaps they’ve also given us reason to take the time to explore God’s other treasures as well.

Loving God, thank you for the beauty with which you surround us. Thank you also for these little interludes which nudge us to enjoy that beauty as often as we can!

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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God’s Handiwork

Great are the works of the Lord,
exquisite in all their delights.

Psalm 111:2

My husband’s recent recuperation from surgery required quite a bit of down time on both of our parts. As a result, we watched more television than usual. In short order, we became mesmerized by a travel channel. When we discovered that several shows would feature Alaska, we were suddenly grateful for the time to watch. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the 49th State two years ago, and we welcomed these reminders of the wonder we encountered there. Our only disappointment was the result of cloudy skies which hid the Aurora Borealis from us for the duration. This afternoon, though the experience wasn’t the same as an in-person viewing, we enjoyed visions of Aurora via our television set.

I am certain that these images did not do justice to God’s handiwork. Nonetheless, they took our breath away. They gave my husband a welcome distraction from the pain as well. Perhaps they have also given us both reason to return to Alaska one day.

Loving God, thank you for the beauty with which you surround us. Thank you also for these little interludes which nudge us to enjoy that beauty as often as we can!

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved