… You are amazing, God.
That Chris Tomlin song (Indescribable) can’t help but get stuck in my head during a week like this. At the Camp where I spend my summer, we had a series of big nature events this week that when you watch them, I don’t know how anyone could not see the hand of God.
We started on Wednesday with an absolutely perfectly clear sky that let us all star gaze and see the Perseid Meteor Shower ~ free of the light pollution of the cities and built-up areas most of us live in. My Mom and I laid on the dock that’s in her backyard (that hasn’t made it to the lake yet) with pillows and blankets, and we marveled at the Milky Way, the expanse of the sky, how many stars they were, how bright they were, and then with every passing meteor…. how amazing it is to be able to live under this sky. Nothing in the South can hold a candle to the clarity of a Northern Ontario night sky. We ooh’d and aah’d as if we were watching the best fireworks show ever. And we really were, because it’s fireworks put on by God.
What struck me, and I know I’m not the only one, is that I love and serve a God who put each one of those stars in the sky, who named them, who delighted in His creation and said it was good…. but then realized quickly that it wasn’t enough and He wanted to have relationships with people, so He made people. You and I are some of those people. He created such vast beauty, and yet it wasn’t perfect until we came along. We’re more beautiful to Him than the stars in the sky and the incredible sunsets because He created us in His image? Amazing. He knows the name of every star in our universe and in the rest of them… and yet He also knows how many hairs there are on my head.
And if that weren’t enough this week, a meteor shower where on the night there were the most meteors, the sky was crisp and clear…. yesterday we had an epic thunder storm that had many of us just staring at the sky.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a camera powerful enough to have captured the meteor shower, but I did get lots of stormy weather shots yesterday.
We started the day sunny and warm, and the clouds rolled in as we continued. We saw lighting at about 3:45 and closed the waterfront down. We weren’t sure if anything was actually going to get to us, because the radar looked like we were right on the edge of the system (and if that were really true, I’m glad we weren’t in the middle)!
At around 4:30 the thunder started, and just before dinner the sky opened right up. The rain poured down, and we had to move the chicken wing making station for Friday night Ribs ‘n Wings onto the covered lodge porch! It eventually did let up though, and the sun came back out around 7:30, which led to both a spectacular rainbow and a gorgeous sunset. God’s promises were all around us yesterday, and His beauty was on display for all to see. What a wonderful way to end Week 3 of Family Camp!
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