November 28, 2013

The God of humpback whales, waterfalls and pinkie toes

By Annabeth Tucker, a senior English writing major from Erie, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 13:11-14 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

Bananas ripen. Baby giraffes are born. Chimpanzees eat tiny, tasty bugs off each others’ backs. A flamingo dies. Water drops down from pregnant clouds, and, eventually, evaporates back up. The ocean—big and blue and full—waves and waves. Wind circulates across the earth’s surface, searching and knowing.

From the mating song of a cardinal bird to the crevices and craters on our earth’s moon, God knows everything. His love is greater than we can fathom and far beyond what we deserve. Yet God freely lavishes God’s love on creation, on us. God is found in overripe fruit and awkward infant giraffes, but God is also found in us, in the miracle of ear canals and eyeballs. The awe, the wonder, the mystery of being made in God’s image is astounding. The majesty of God coming to be with us in our own form is what we anticipate to celebrate on Christmas.

Have you encountered this God of the mountains, the valleys, the animals and the storms—the God of the universe? The God of it all who, in all God’s glory, still wants a personal relationship with you.

Now is the time, brothers and sisters. In the midst of bellowing whales, buff ants, eroding boulders and bright stars, human beings have a place. Now is the time to open our eyes and see God all around us in creation and in our lives. He asks us to wake up from our slumber and to activate our faith. To put on the armor of light; not only this, but to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Now is the time to be fully alive.

Come, revel with me in the glorious mystery that is the beauty of creation, light of the world, the hope of God with us.

SCRIPTURE: Romans 13:11-14 (NRSV)
An Urgent Appeal
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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Comments (21)

  1. Thanks for your meditation this morning. I hope you also have the opportunity to get some inspiration as you see the fresh blanket of snow. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

    Ora Troyer November 28, 2013 |
  2. A beautiful devotion. This is how I see God every day, in the world he has created and we his people wonderfully made.

    Margaret Clifford November 28, 2013 |
  3. Thanks be to God! Happy Thanksgiving

    Leslie November 28, 2013 |
  4. I was very inspired by the fairly comprehensive, at least very representative description of our very personal God, his marvelous creation and the call for our grateful response to it all.

    leonard garber November 28, 2013 |
  5. Whatever else you do in life, keep writing.

    Weldon Schloneger November 28, 2013 |
  6. Annabeth you are so in our earth that God created for us I love it!!!!!!!!

    bob November 28, 2013 |
  7. Annabeth, this devotional is fun! I read it out loud with my mom and we agreed that you made a good point: God is over ALL things.

    Quinn Brenneke November 28, 2013 |
  8. Thank you Annabeth Tucker!

    Becky Swora November 28, 2013 |
  9. Thankful for the reminder “to activate our faith” and “be fully alive”. Wilma

    Wilma Shank November 28, 2013 |
  10. Thank you for this delightful, fresh, and inspiring meditation.

    Ann Hostetler November 28, 2013 |
  11. Annabeth, I really enjoyed your devotional and would like to be in touch about you possibly writing for Purpose magazine. Please email me. Many thanks. Carol Duerksen, Purpose editor

    Carol Duerksen November 28, 2013 |
  12. Thank you for a wonderful devotion! Romans 13:13-14 is the conversion verse of St. Augustine.

    Steve Cornwell November 28, 2013 |
  13. Wonderful description of the Creator’s marvels. Thanks you so much.

    David Knight November 28, 2013 |
  14. Its a blessing to read your words today. Thank you Annabeth.

    Brook Hostetter November 29, 2013 |
  15. Very inspiring writing! Thanks to God for giving us the gift of language. Thanks to you for using this gift with a touch of poetry, bringing to people great words in a such a beautiful form.

    Yelena November 29, 2013 |
  16. With the exception of the Holy Spirit, nothing makes God more real to me than someone describing the little intricate miracles of nature, people and everything around us.

    Jerry Hessel November 30, 2013 |
  17. Thank you so much for reminding me in the midst of my crazy life to stop and remember that the evidence of God’s love is all around us.

    Susette Leonard December 1, 2013 |
  18. Beautiful, Annabeth. This was a joy to read and consider.

    Chris Kennel December 2, 2013 |
  19. Enjoyed the content and the writing style. God bless you as you move forward with life.

    Joy Hostetler December 2, 2013 |
  20. Annabeth, thank you! Your words about creation are a reminder that God is mysterious and beautiful.

    Liz Core December 3, 2013 |
  21. Beatifully written.

    Ruby December 3, 2013 |