Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Lofty Skies

I live in a prairie-like area.  Flat land, you can see for a couple miles in one direction or another from just about anywhere out here.

Sometimes, folks might think that to be quite dull.

But in the evenings, at sunset, it's not dull very often.

I get gifts like this all the time, given free for the taking!

It never ceases to amaze.  

I might not have mountains to look at, but there are mountainous clouds to frame our landscape from time to time.

And upon closer inspection, a photographer learns what to focus in on, the bigger picture is beautiful, but sometimes, you have to pick a focal point and just zoom in.

It's like that with our lives, too.

Sometimes, we can't see the bigger picture.  But if we'll look at what's right in front of us, we can see it's something worth appreciating.  Light bursts through the clouds every now and then and we see something that gives us hope.

For this Sunday, I leave you with this beautiful old hymn, the words a sermon all on their own; when I saw this particular sunset, I thought of this hymn.

I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Isaac Watts

1. I sing the almighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.

2. I sing the wisdom that ordained
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command,
And all the stars obey.

3. I sing the goodness of the Lord,
That filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with His Word,
And then pronounced them good.

4. Lord! how Thy wonders are displayed
Where'er I turn mine eye!
If I survey the ground I tread,
Or gaze upon the sky!

5. There's not a plant or flower below
But makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow,
By order from Thy throne.

6. Creatures that borrow life from Thee
Are subject to Thy care;
There's not a place where we can flee,
But God is present there.

(This was a hymn written originally for children!)


Mary Peterson said...

Thanks for your beautiful pictures and the words to the hymn. I've never heard that one and its just amazing.
God Bless you Joni!


Penny said...

Oh, I remember this hymn so well!! We Presbyterians were a singing bunch when I was younger!! And we had to sing every verse, of course!!
Love it....thanks for sharing!

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

Great post, Joni. Not heard of this song before but nice words. Photos are awesome!

Brenda S Okie in Colorado said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful verse.

aimee said...

What a perfect song-I love the words and find them to be SO true!
Beautiful favorite time of the evening is sunset:)