The Heritage household was feeling a little cramped on Saturday evening. We had some things to pick up and a few errands on an extremely small list, but we decided to take a drive with the whole family that evening.
I am a sportsman and during the course of last year, I drove multiple times to South Carolina, which took me over the Clarks Hill dam. I remembered seeing a park on the “other lake name” side and thought it might be a good place to go let the kids run and maybe play a game of ladder ball. Quick side note, ladder ball is the safe, easier version of horseshoes and you need to play it if you haven’t already. Since our errands were causing us to run behind, we didn’t get to the park until around sunset. I’m so thankful our errands caused us to run late. What we encountered was God’s beautiful creation at work.
The sun created a glow across the sky from left to right. All of us, as a family, were struck by the beauty and it truly erased our anxiety. Psalm 19 came to mind. It says: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world (vs. 1-4).
Franz Joseph Haydn put this psalm into musical format back in the Classical period. I’ve attached a youtube link on here to listen to a recording of his piece. Take five minutes and watch this link, you probably do have time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTYJm5Ae0Xo
I was struck by the word firmament. It comes from the Hebrew word shamayim and translates to Heaven. This, specifically, is the vault of Heaven that was created on the second day and separates the land from the sea. So, Haydn keeps repeating that the wonder of God’s work displays beautiful creation.
Each day the sun will rise. The light will be separated from the dark. The Heavens will separate the sea from the land. Even though we may feel stuck in a rut, God’s creation is still moving and working. God is still working, through His creation and most importantly through us. I found Will’s sermon yesterday so powerful to share our love of God with others. I wish I had heard it earlier so I could walk around to people at that park and just ask them if were in awe of the same beauty I was seeing.