What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Psalm 104:24 (MSG)
As I read the song writer's lyrics taking me through a tour of the wonders of nature, I had flashbacks of my own tour this past week. On Tuesday I watched the sunrise over the clouds at 30,000 feet. That's a sight beyond the imgaination of the Psalmist, and I experienced the breathtaking, blazing hues of orange across the soft blanket of pillow-like clouds. Tuesday and Wednesday I was in the warmth of Miami with a salty sea breeze in my face. My 9th floor hotel window gave me a spectacular view of the turquoise blue ocean. Thursday I drove through the vast ocean of midwest prairie and felt the chill of winter blasting my face. By late Thursday I stood in the warm, thin air at the feet of the Rocky mountains and gazed in wonder at Pike's Peak, glowing golden white in the late afternoon light. Friday, I drove through the unrelenting gusts of a midwest snowstorm.
What an amazing adventure to experience so much of God's creation in such a small span of time. That's a trip that the Psalmist would consider miraculous. And yet, until Psalm 104 reminded me this morning, I had not given it much thought. How callous and jaded I become when the spectacular becomes hum-drum.
It also reminds me of this clip a few friends posted on Facebook this weekend.