This evening, it seemed like our dog, Abby, wanted to go outside.
But when I went to let her out, she appeared to have changed her mind.
Looking out the doorway, I wondered if she heard distant thunder.
Then I paused for a moment.
Fireflies in the backyard seemed to be doing a little dance for me - appearing and disappearing.
How long has it been since I've stopped to watch fireflies?
Then lightning etched squiggly lines in the sky and lit up otherwise dark clouds. It made me think about how much I love to see a full moon surrounded by clouds or a dark sky filled with stars.
I looked in another direction and saw a bunch of smaller clouds. It looked like God had dumped a bunch of cotton balls out across the sky.
Sometimes, I think I get so busy that I forget to look at the wonders of God's creation.
David, the shepherd boy who became a king, must have spent lots of nights looking at God's handiwork.
Consider what he writes in Psalm 8:3-9: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
"You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
"You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
You are great and marvelous.
Thank you for the works of your hands! They are truly wonderful!
In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.