The Heavens Declare

          Recently, during the end part of worship service, my husband gave me a gentle nudge and gestured with a slight nod of his head toward the high windows in the church building. It was snowing!! Small bits of snow had begun to fall swiftly from the sky.

          After that, as much as I tried to stay focused on what my pastor was so passionately preaching I couldn’t stop looking up and out of the window trying to gauge – as best as I could from where I was sitting – how hard it was coming down and how much might be accumulating.

          What I could see from my seat was no indicator at all for what met my eyes when I walked out of service about half an hour later. Wow!! In that short period of time about half an inch or so had already fallen and the flakes that were coming down were huge!

          All around me there was a bustle of excitement as person-by-person entered the lobby and got a glimpse of the big, wet, white, fluffy flakes! If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to get in my car and drive home, my only thoughts would have been on enjoying its full beauty, just because!

          At this point, you’re likely wondering, “Why is she telling us about snow falling and what does it have to do with anything at all?”

          Psalm 19:1-3 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

          How much of heaven declares the Lord’s glory? All of it!! There is nothing under the heavens; nothing at all-including snow-that does not speak of His glory.

          So, whether it’s snow, wind, rain or sunshine, everything in creation draws us to see and observe the handiwork of God-Father, God-Son, God-Holy Spirit.

          Therefore, regardless of where you are this exact moment, may I encourage you to pause and look around and see. Observe and see the beauty of the Lord in the space around you. 

The Psalmist in chapter 27 verse 4 says:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.”1

Stephanie Paul

Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is  to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.

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One thought on “The Heavens Declare

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Dear Stephanie:

    I really appreciated your story from today and it’s comparison to “snow observance”. As I have learned in so
    many of my counseling classes, life is like real estate: “Locataion, location, location” is the theme for properties –
    “perception, perception, perception” is the theme for living our lives. In other words, when we face prospective
    danger or calamity, what is our perception of that? Do we praise G-d for EVERYTHING and trust in HIM to keep
    us safe and guarded, or do we rush out (in your case, out of the church!) and panic – showing others our weak
    faith in G-d’s care? Do we thank Him for ALL things, or do we complain bitterly about the maladies we are
    facing in life?

    I personally recently experienced a heartbreaking experience which was challenging in this area. Our
    beautiful daughter, Farryn, again got into trouble. She is 28 years old and has been struggling with
    addiction and addictive behaviors since she was in her teens. Her Dad and I have traveled the journey with
    her – our hearts crushed – but nevertheless, always in support and encouragement over her.

    Last week we received another police call – Farryn had hit a patch of ice and, along with that, ran into a parked
    car. She did not stop to report the mishap and refused a breathalyzer test when she was located. (She had
    driven home like nothing had happened). She is now in jail and awaiting arraignment for her action. We were
    so excited about having Christmas together, and now we don’t know what this precious member of our family
    faces.

    Upon hearing this news – news that we have heard so many times before in Farryn’s young life – that she had
    been detained by the authorities – we immediately sobbed tears of anguish. Suddenly, I felt the Holy Spirit
    and said to Jim, “Let’s Praise G-d instead of this wailing.” We immediately changed our PERCEPTION to one of
    (sightless) faith and THANKED Him for His grace and miracles – nobody was hurt, Farryn was alive, and she
    knew Jesus Christ (albeit failing to live according to His ways). We dried our tears and sang praises of
    thankfulness.

    I thank you, Stephanie, for reminding us that we can slip and slide on the snowey slopes of life, or we can
    admire life’s beauty always all around us, and praise G-d for what He is doing in our lives. Oh, and you must
    have a wonderful husband who would sit in church with you and watch the snowflakes while listening to
    the sermon – without leaving the sanctuaray and checking the accumulation, as some hubbies would do!

    Blessings to you during this season of Love and Life!

    Stephanie L. Dickinson
    B.S. Min., B.S.B.S., CCLC, CPAC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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