Wednesday, January 25, 2012

That's Awesome!

On Sunday morning the Pastor preached on a fabulous prayer out of Romans. 33-36 reads:
Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible is it for us to understand his decisions and his methods! For whom can know what the Lord in thinking? Who knows enough to be his counselor? And who could ever give him so much that he would ever have to pay it back? For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be the glory evermore. Amen.

First off, say it with me: Whoa.

Yeah, that's deep stuff and the sermon on that passage was most excellent and thought provoking and humbling.

However, before he got into the meat of the sermon, the Pastor asked us to think of the most awesome and amazing thing we'd ever seen. We broke off into small groups to discuss. The friend next to me talked about how awe struck she was by the beauty and clarity of Oregon's Crater Lake. Her doctor husband spoke about medical miracles he'd witnessed. In the few minutes we were allotted, there were lots of awesome things we'd seen that were discussed.

One natural wonder that would definitely be on my amazing list is the waterfall that cuts through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I've seen it at different times of the year and every single time is completely breathtaking.

However, despite it's grandeur, that picturesque scene is not the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Nope, that award goes to another picture. But I don't have a copy to share with you; it's permanently engraved in my mind to the point that I am certain when I am old and grey and have lost my faculties, I will be able to close my eyes and replay it at will.

The scene is one of a man, overwhelmed in thankfulness to a great and mighty God that he can't begin to fathom. Specifically, the scene is Dan, exhausted from not sleeping well and mentally drained from a day full of helping me with doctors and nurses and monitors and pushing and finally, finally, finally, of holding his new born daughter. I can only imagine his emotions were a mix of gratitude for a healthy wife, and a daughter who didn't need the assistance of the respiratory specialist brought in because signs were pointing to some potential problems, as well as overwhelmed that in an instant he gained the title of Father.

Somehow, in the midst of the slight frenzy involved in the process of bringing forth new life, Dan found a quiet moment to pause. With head bowed he offered up a prayer of worship and praise to his Savior, Redeemer, and Creator of all things, including the miracle he just witnessed. He was humble and honest and thankful as only he could be. And that vision - a silent man in a rocking chair - it the most awesome thing I have ever seen.

(This picture was taken mere minutes after Lana was born. It's not what's engraved in my head, but close.)
For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be the glory evermore.

1 comment:

Eric Lockhart said...

Very cool. Very, very cool.