Though, I think weather conditions become more of an excuse than an actual reason. In actuality, it’s my busyness with other things that keeps me away.
Something changes when I go to the cabin with my family. Without solid cell phone or Internet access, social media streams aren’t able to pull my eyes and grab my attention. Without my own house and laundry pile and dishes and paperwork surrounding me, my to-do list isn’t able to plague me with feelings of what I “should” be doing today.
At the cabin, the wonder of the worlds beckons me, and I have the space to notice.
I notice the delicate beauty of bark peeling back its hold from around the tree. I notice the magnificent hues of a strikingly blue sky. I notice how the rays of the sun reflect off the snow in the winter and the water in the summer, causing a different dance of light in each season.
I have the ability to notice back home, too. But I don’t. My noticing is pushed out by other obligations, and some of my gratitude and worship get shoved out with it.
And so the writer of Psalm 95 shouts to me
He shouts to all of us
“Let us sing for joy to the Lord.”
“For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” – Psalm 95:2-5
Stepping outside and noticing our creation points us to an incredible Maker. A Maker who is powerful and artistic and beyond what we can imagine.
And then, it points us to the most fantastic part. That Maker is not just a god. He is not just a creator. The Maker of the earth is the Lord. He is OUR God. He is OUR Maker.
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” – Psalm 95:6-7
Leave your computer. The outside world and the Psalmist are calling to you.
Come. Notice. Worship.
That was my reflection on Psalm 95. Link up with your thoughts below. Stop back next week for a reflection on Psalm 96. (I'm getting so close to 100! Woo hoo! Blogging through 100 Psalms feels like a big accomplishment.)
I have been learning to savor moments. To notice beauty. To listen to lessons from wherever they may come. To enjoy life's simple joys. What has been teaching me these lessons?
My camera. There's something about holding a camera in my hands that changes my perspective.
Here is what my camera has been teaching me.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17