ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE HILL CITY AREA TO HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!
Wings of Hope
by BJ Reese
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust;
His truth shall be they shield and buckler.” ~ Psalms 91:4
“BEHOLD, HIS MIGHTY HAND!”
When I was growing up, my brother and I would sit down with Mama and watch C.B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” every time it came on T.V. Charlton Heston did a stellar job of portraying the humble, uncertain-but-chosen Moses. One of my favorite lines is spoken as he stands on the shore of the Red Sea, with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Taking his cue from God, he lifts his staff high in the air. Above the cries of panic from the people he’s leading, we hear him speak.
“Behold, His Mighty Hand!!!” he cries at the top of his voice. As the people watch in astonishment, Moses keeps the staff raised while the sea begins to part.
Why is THIS my favorite line in that epic saga? Because I hear it in my mind frequently. Whenever I gaze at the rock formations surrounding Mt. Rushmore. When I see pine trees seeming to grow out of a granite upthrust. When I wander through a crystal cave, admiring the various formations. Driving through the Badlands, or over the magnificent Rocky Mountains. When I ride with Rich over Ten Sleep Pass in Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Park, Utah’s Canyonlands, the New England coast. Sunrises, sunsets, the trees after a rain, a fresh blanket of snow . . . the list goes on and on.
Seeing these amazing sights always takes my breath away. Whenever I stop to really notice them, I hear the “whoosh!” of air as I suck in an awestricken breath. At that moment, I am frozen in place . . . I cannot move; I cannot look away. My gaze is fixed upon that thing that caught my attention in the first place. I can feel my face warm as it stretches into a reverent, admiring smile. In a state of pure wonder, I hear myself whispering breathlessly, “It’s BEAUTIFUL, Father! Thank You!” And every single time that happens, I hear Moses’ words again: “Behold His Mighty Hand!”
In this age of rapidly-changing technological and scientific advancements, mankind is – most decidedly – achieving amazing things. There are countless talented, creative, brilliant people in this world. All of them make spectacular contributions to our lives in one way or another. Without question, modern man is very clever indeed.
But no matter how clever we think we are, there are limits. Even if all of us worked at it together, using all of our combined gifts and talents, our efforts would fall miserably short of Creation itself. All of our creativity combined can’t come close to what God has Created with a mere wave of His mighty Hand. Everything He’s made surpasses everything we can do . . . and it defies satisfactory description.
Genesis 1:1 tells us: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Slow down and take the time to look at what He’s done. Once a day, stop your
busy-ness. Take a moment to REALLY notice some awe-inspiring, breathtaking sight that was simply SPOKEN into existence by our Creator. Take a mental note of Who made it, and allow yourself to “Behold His Mighty Hand!” Be grateful for who you are and what you can do . . . but never fail to be humbled by what He can do. It will be well worth your time . . . and the Lord can use your sense of wonder to inspire others to notice Who He is.
See you next time . . .
To His Glory . . . BJ Reese
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