When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. Ephesians 3:14-18
I married a surfer. Therefore, we go to the beach a lot. I mean, a lot, especially in the summer. Honestly, sometimes it seems like too much. “All that work packing up our stuff, schlepping it onto the sand, cleaning everything up back at home,” I whine.
What happened to the Midwesterner who didn’t see a beach till she was 17? Where is that wide-eyed girl who first saw the ocean the way it should be viewed — with complete awe and wonder?
Think about this: our oceans, seas, and bays hold 321 million cubic miles of water. That’s enough to fill about 325 quintillion gallon jugs of milk. (A quintillion is a 1 with 18 zeros, by the way.) Then God stocked the ocean with 1 million species of plants and animals. Well, those are the known species. Scientists say there could be up to 9 million species we haven’t even discovered yet.
So what does the size of the ocean tell me about God? Well, I might surmise that the Creator of something so grand must be beyond grand Himself. And if He placed something so vast in our midst, perhaps it’s to remind us that His love is infinitely wide, long, high and deep.
In light of that big love, how can I dwell on the little things? But I do. I let my eyes fall to the worries of the day, and pettiness fills my heart. I don’t take time to contemplate God and His infinite love and care. I treat my heart like a mere machine, a functional instrument that pumps blood to the rest of my body.
But as Mike Ashcraft said last Sunday, we are made to marvel at greatness. When we seek God’s great kingdom, we align our hearts not with our petty desires, but with the life we were made for: A life that glorifies Him. After all, nobody else made the ocean. And no one else died on a cross to save us. To Him, and only Him, be the glory.
- Pick something in nature that amazes you. Take some time to mull it over in your head. If you’re really inspired, look up some facts about it, and share your findings with someone else.
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for making this beautiful world! Most days we go from A to B not noticing all of Your fingerprints. Yet You gave us beauty to give us hope. Let us not take that for granted. Help us be grateful and inspired as we give You all the credit. Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.