As I did my devotions Thursday morning, it was talking about the things we might do to show our love for God. One of those ways was our baptism and how God responded in love to Jesus baptism. Though we may not hear an audible voice, God surrounds us with signs of His love for us. This has been so true as we traveled out to California. From the farmland of Iowa and Nebraska to the mountains in Colorado with the long horn sheep along side the road we saw these signs.
From the deserts of Utah and Nevada to the canyons of Arizona that love was evident and then we saw the view in the picture above and we saw the beauty that came from destruction. The Grand Canyon was created by a series of earthquakes and the raging Colorado River. Viewing the immense canyon that was started from an earthquake, you begin to wonder what we our really going to be seeing as we get closer to the end of times when Jesus says these things will get worst like birthing pains.
In Sequoia National Park in California you walk up to these magnificent trees and think, WOW. Some of trees were alive when Jesus walked on this earth. Oh how it makes you feel to stand next to something that old. Some of these may have even been one of the first things that started to grow after the flood of Noah. Some may be over 4,000 years old. Can you imagine? These groves of trees also take destruction to continue to multiply. The forest fires are essential to their seedlings as it cleans the forest floor and fertilizes the seeds with the ashes. The fire also breaks open the pine cone shells so they can germinate. As I think about our new up coming ministry the destruction we will see may be essential for newfound Christians. The floor must be cleaned and the hard shells must be broken open for us to reach hearts with the Gospel. As we look with terror as these things happen, Jesus is looking on it with joy and beauty as new Christians are formed. Please take a look around you today and see how God is showing his love to you. Pray that we can do this everyday even in the little things. We must look at it through Gods eyes.