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Afternoon of Praise

Updated on June 1, 2013

All Creation Praises The Creator

Moving water sounds like laughter.

A chipmunk stands up every few minutes checking for others who may want to share his supper.

The afternoon sun casts odd shaped shadows.

Blue jays, robins, and mockingbirds sing and hop about to remind me how splendous is God's care.

A slight breeze makes the slim tree trunks sway in a rhythmic motion. I can hear them rubbing against each other.

Sounds of children playing basketball, shouting, laughter, and the ball slapping the pavement, rise up in the distance.

Bees buzz around my head. There must be a nest nearby.

Patches of brilliant blue peek out from fluffy white clouds.

All of creation is praising our great Creator.

Have you ever noticed that in the midst of inner turmoil, God can use the quietness of His creation to calm you? I was sitting under the pavilion the other night, pondering my latest struggle. Suddenly everything around me came into a brilliant clarity. A peace that I had not previously felt washed over me. I quit pursuing thoughts of how terrible my life was. Instead, I began to focus on all that my God had placed around me. What beauty He has created! Everything that afternoon seemed to be praising the One who made it all. After just a few minutes of focusing on the creation, I turned to focusing on the Creator. I was reminded to

Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10,11

To know that He not only created me but also is ever with me is a great encouragement. That afternoon, during a bad moment in my life, God reminded me of who He is. He is the creator and He is the sustainer, for all of His creation, even me. God made His creation to worship Him and to praise Him.

In Matthew 8:27, we are told even the winds and sea obey him. Isaiah7:18,19 tells us that "In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. And they will all come" Even the insects obey God. Should we not follow creation's example and obey and praise our Creator because He made us?

In our times of struggles, we are to look to the Creator for sustenance. In our times of struggles, we are to praise our Creator and worship our Creator. That is what we are designed for. It is in these struggles that He draws us closer to Himself and makes us more into the image of His own Son, Jesus the Christ.

Isn't He wonderful?


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      Lisa 3 years ago

      You keep it up now, unsndrtaed? Really good to know.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      your welcome

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Isaac, for reading and commenting. I am glad to have warmed you with my words.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      very true indeed. nice read. very warming.

      I. White

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Blossom, Thanks for reading. Only our God can give us such a wonderful peace.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      From troubles of the world we turn to our Creator who knows our every thought and who gives us peace, not as the world gives, but as only He can give. Lovely thoughts.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      whonu, Faith, shan, and shofar, Thank you all for reading and leaving such great comments. His creation is awesome. His peace is beautiful. He is amazing.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Wonderful pictures, great message Icbenefield! I too have experienced those moments, in nature, when I have been in inner turmoil, AND THEN, He reveals who He is, the Creator! Somehow, one is transported into an 'other' realm where you can 'see' all of creation worshipping the Creator. The miracle of it all! And that we are also a creation of the Creator. Amen and amen. Thank you for this reminder of those miracle moments! God Bless

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      There is beauty all around us. A peace like that is a feeling like none other.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      So beautiful . . . yes, the whole earth sings his praises, the trees, the stones, everything under the sun! Praise Him, to God be the glory!!! I know that peace you have experienced, the peace, His peace, that surpasses all understanding. It is hard to explain unless one allows His peace to flow over you, and there is nothing like it. He is so good!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful words of praise about what the Lord God has created, my friend, Thank you for sharing this nice work. whonu