“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.” – Psalm 145:3
February in Ohio is traditionally a little bit of a challenge for me. I am one of those people who depends a little too much on the sun and daylight for a “pick-me-up” in life. In fact, I’ve noticed that the longer the winter drags on, the more I have the annoying habit of waking up during the night to worry over situations and people that I care about.
When I start traveling down the muddy road of “my concerns” about loved ones and circumstances of life that are out of my control – especially during the night -- I have to literally recite verses to myself to drive out of the ruts that I feel myself creating. One such verse is “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). I remind myself that He cares for me and His ability to handle all things “me” is beyond my understanding. Another verse that tracks well with this idea is Isaiah 55:9.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
I have recently journaled about my need to defer to God’s viewpoint because there are no boundaries to His greatness. This has to be a choice on my part because in my sinful heart, I rail against any doors that keep me from understanding how or why things don’t go the way I want them to go. I’m apparently into railing against many things that are good for me! Just today when my husband was genuinely, lovingly, repeatedly asking me to take the better slice of food because he really wanted me to have it… I pretended I didn’t hear him and took what I “thought” I should take. Though it wasn’t a big deal he exasperatingly said, “I think you enjoy ignoring me when I’m trying to give you a better choice!” I looked at him and laughed because he was right. In a much more serious and similar way, my natural tendency is to ignore God, pretending that His greatness has boundaries and I can certainly work out a better scenario if I just spend more time worrying about it during the night.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the science of what the sun does for mental health, and this month I will turn my face as often as possible to the sun God created for us. But, I also plan to make a conscious choice to turn my face and praise to God and His Son even more during the month when our society focuses on Love. I invite you to join me in choosing to trust in the Love of our Heavenly Father who not only gave His Son for our redemption, but who also has unsearchable greatness that we cannot begin to understand. If we renew ourselves daily with this perspective of our loving Father’s greatness – in the same way we put on fresh clothes each day -- we will change the way we see the seemingly unending winter in Ohio and the way we see everything in our lives!
-- Shelly Mountjoy, © January 2019