August 15: God is

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the LORD on high is mighty. (Psalm 93:4)

Yesterday morning, I took this photo from the beach along Park Point in Duluth. Lake Superior was unusually calm, and yet if I had taken the photo from the other direction, you would see a large pine tree that had washed up on shore. The same water that was calm and tranquil is also mighty in power. Like the Psalmist, the water reminds me that God is.

God is the creator of the universe, full of power and majesty. That same God wants me to know him and wants me to listen to him. I remember when I was a young child and how empowering it felt when an older student would know my name and acknowledge my presence. I was suddenly somebody. I wanted to be more than I was, and I was ready to be like that older student. In a way that’s how it is when I behold the awesome beauty and power of a lake like Superior and realize the God who is responsible for this also wants to acknowledge me. I want to be more. I want to follow this God.

In John 17:26, Jesus prayed: “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them…” And this morning, I am so grateful that the love God has for Jesus is the love that God has for me. Today, I’m ready to live in that love. It makes me want to be more. I want to follow a God like that.

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 18-20; Psalm 93; John 17

 

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