I recently attended a wedding in which the couple truly wanted to make the message of Christ come through loud and clear. The ceremony was beautiful and was a wonderful message of God’s desire to enter into a union with us, His church. Since the beginning of mankind, God instituted marriage to be a representation and reminder of the ultimate marriage of Himself to His bride. In our fallen and sinful state we have tainted that image and made it something it was never intended be. But through the redeeming work of Christ at work in us, we are able to offer the world a better portrait of what marriage is meant to be. However, that is another message and not the reason I am writing today. There is one truth that really hit me heavy during the ceremony that I would like to explore in deeper detail. One of the hymns sung during the ceremony was “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name“. One of the lines of that hymn is “…and crown Him Lord of all”.
Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:16-18 NKJV
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV
Over the summer I had the opportunity to go on a weekend camping trip with my family. We try to go camping at least once a year. It is a good activity to get away from our busy lives, technology, and spend time in nature to relax, soak in the beauty of God’s creation, and focus on bonding with family and God. There are so many lessons we can learn simply by looking at nature. One of those lessons came to me while on this summer camping trip.
Let me first share a little story of God’s goodness. When we go camping we usually bring a canoe and stay in a tent. Because of this we like to have a camping site next to the lake where we can launch the canoe directly into the water. We also like to have a grassy patch in which to pitch the tent to serve as a softer sleeping surface. When we arrived at the camp we noticed that it was busier that we had hoped; all the lake side sites were taken. Bummer! But we don’t complain, instead we decided to find an inland site that is somewhat private. We found a site and had started to resolve ourselves to that fact we would need to carry the canoe to the lake in order to use it. (more…)