Thursday, January 20, 2011

Frozen Garden

Frozen Garden

Following my footprints from yesterday, I walked into God’s frozen garden . The snow was firmly packed down. I didn’t dare get off this path or surely I would sink knee deep in snow. The cold white snow would sneak into my boots and make my legs feel like frozen Popsicles. My eyes looked across the canvas that God provided for my pleasure. A sprinkling of unsullied snow delicately lay upon the ground. The sun was shining so bright my eyes had to squint. The quiet in this frozen garden was so peaceful; I was filled with a compelling desire to listen closely as to hear God’s voice whisper something in my ears. Something like, “Hello my little one, how are you doing today?” Wait, that is stupid. Of course he wouldn’t ask that. He already knows how I’m doing today. However, I did keep hearing the same verse in my head, “Be still and know that I am God.” I thought that can’t be what God is saying. I kept thinking, I already know that you are God. His words kept rewinding in my head. So I kept walking and admiring this amazing sight of which my eyes observed.

The squeaking snow underneath my boot as I stepped and the steady hum of  an airplane in the distance were the only other sounds heard. It was not like walking through cold wet snow. The snow was fluffy and soft, a comforting spread of whiteness resting over the ground all around me. Sparkles in the snow glistened like millions upon millions of diamonds. Diamonds are hard and can be sharp, but these diamonds seemed so soft yet bright. Each snowflake reflecting the sun’s light. I couldn’t help but think that there were more sparkles then there are stars. God put each one in their perfect place. Even where I stepped, the sparkles shined through my footprints. It was incredible.  

I dropped to my knees in the middle of this frozen garden surrounded by the vastness of sky, sun and fields. In awe of seeing this canvas that I felt God had made just for me, I exalted the Lord God with praise. There was no else around. I tried to praise in a manner which would match his splendour. I failed. For nothing matches the splendour of God, the Creator of all things. When I looked at each snowflake a realization came to my mind. God put them there, just like He put the stars in place, in the same way that He created each one of us, in detail and unique.

Only when I try to comprehend how big, how vast and how awesome God must be, I realize that God is indescribable. There would not be enough paper in the entire world or enough trees to cut down to describe God in His fullness. God is a personal God. His voice rings loud and clear even in the middle of an empty field. God is God and I am His and He is mine. Wow!

God didn’t want anything more for me this day then to recognize who God is in my life and to take a moment to be still. Whether I am walking with Him on a busy street or laying in a blanket of snow in silence. God is with me all the time. He always was and is and forever will be. Lines of communication are open.

Psalm 147:15 – “He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles.”

Psalm 148 – “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.” Wow!