Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord;
41 Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.
Lamentations 3: 40-41
Photo by John Brasley
Waves are inspiring not because they rise and fall, but because each time they fall they never fail to rise again.
Photo: Garrigues Family Photo Album (1957)
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt HIS name together. Psalm 34:3
I have decided I would not make a very good spy. My sister let me borrow her binoculars so I could spy on the birds in my back yard. I have a nest or two in my lilac bush near the back porch. One morning I heard some birds making a bit of noise in that direction so I thought I would try to see if I could get a closer look. I grabbed the binoculars and ran to the bedroom window but the angle was not right so I thought a better view might be the next window down which is above my tub. Binoculars in hand I hopped into the tub. In my haste to get to the window my foot hit the water faucet and turned it on. The next thing I knew my slipper was full of water. A towel was just out of reach but I lunged for it and as I did I dropped the binoculars (luckily, they were ok). I guess I was too loud because by the time I got my foot dried off and binoculars picked up the birds were long gone or maybe they decided to stay quiet so as not to disturb the crazy lady inside the house. Thinking about this little episode and the role of binoculars (to magnify) I realized that I had the tool (binoculars), I had the desire (I wanted to see the birds up close) but still I was not able to magnify anything at that time. Obstacles got in my way.
I started thinking about the desire of Christians to magnify the Lord. We have the desire (we want to do zero in on our Lord). We have the tools to help us focus (the Bible, Worship Songs, Prayer) but at times obstacles gets in the way and we miss opportunities to focus, see more clearly and exalt His name. Just as I will not let my morning mishap stop me from trying again with my birds, we must not let little setbacks and worldly obstacles stop us from refocusing and seeking daily to magnify the Lord. We must not let circumstances, anxieties, busy schedules, doubts, questions or past failures stand in our way. Let’s heed the advice found in Psalm 34:3 and magnify the Lord. Let us exalt His name together.
Devotional and photo: Marge McCoy
“May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over; it’s time for work to begin.”
– Peter Loewer
Photo by Cleve Sylcox