Saturday, March 11, 2006

Reflecting on spring

A few days ago I walked down to Founders for lunch. Inside my room I had set the AC to cool for the first time. Outside I could feel the sun. It was unusual having not felt it in so long. The burn was almost uncomfortable. I walked with my eyes to the ground as it seemed so bright. On my right I notice the first flowers of spring—bright yellow things standing proudly a couple inches off the grass. Buds cover all the trees. I then notice the tulips are starting to push out of the mulch. They reach up as if they are striving to free themselves from the soil to dance. I look up and see my first blossom on the cherry tree outside Founders. The trees are waking up from their winter slumber as well—opening their blossoms to the sun. I stepped into founders and couldn’t see. For the first time since summer my eyes had to adjust to go inside.

Just a few days before it had been cold, grey, and winter. I was gripped by a momentary fear down deep in the pit of my stomach. All that was going on around me was out of my control. It was as if there was some wild giant waking up after months of sleep and there was nothing I could do to keep it under control. The sun was beating down hotter and hotter on its own, the earth was tilting us to face the sun on its own, the flowers were coming to life all on their own, the trees were blossoming on their own. I had no control. I felt so small. What if it just kept getting hotter? It just amazed me once again to see all these huge climatic changes taking place on their own. But then it hit me.

This wasn’t taking place on its own. What a comforting thought. God is doing it all I thought. He is giving life to those tulips; he is tilting the earth so that nature may once again feel the warmth of the sun. Does all this happen by chance? What a fearful thought. Something so powerful and out of our control happening by random chance? I don’t think so! That would be too scary.

Phillips, Craig & Dean
You are not a god
Created by human hands
You are not a god
Dependant on any mortal man
You are not a god
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad You are on Your throne
You are God alone
You’re the only God
Whose power none can contend
You’re the only God
Whose name and praise will never end
You’re the only God
Who’s worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that’s just the way it is
Unchangeable Unshakable Unstoppable
That’s what You are
Chris Tomlin
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You
are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting. . .
You have a way with words. At times anyway. :)

At 5:26 PM, Blogger bluewaterrobby said...

At times?

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do a very good job of making your point.


At 8:44 PM, Blogger David said...

robby gray!

i had no idea you had a blog. hi. :-)

and your mom wrote a book?! you should tell us these things.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger bluewaterrobby said...

I am very modest about these things. :)


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