Monday, April 6, 2009

The Road to Sedona

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Arizona for a few days. This trip was blessed on so many levels but one of my most memorable blessings was traveling to a city called Sedona, which is about two hours from Phoenix. As we drove, I admired God’s beautiful craftsmanship. I felt like I was in a movie, because I literally had a song playing in my head like a soundtrack throughout our journey.

My favorite artist is India Arie, and she has a song where she starts off singing about a man who was on the radio saying he doesn’t believe in God. In this song, India goes on to talk about an experience she had in another country where she saw beautiful fish in the deep blue sea and not understanding how that man could not believe that God is real. That song was my soundtrack on my road trip to Sedona because I was thinking that same thing as I drove next to mountains that only God could have sculpted. I was surrounded by those huge and beautiful mountains and it felt so surreal. At one point, found myself feeling like I was Moses having a mountain top experience with God. Even the green grass and the blue skies ministered to my soul.

We live in such a hateful world surrounded by hard times, so often we forget to value the little things that God has given us. How often do we give thanks to God for the trees that give oxygen so we can breathe or the grass that feeds the animals that nourish our bodies? How many times have we praised him for the sun that brightens our day or for the rain that waters that green grass outside of our homes? Going to Arizona for a weekend gave me so much more appreciation for God and the life that he has given me. When I get weary in these difficult economic times and in this sinful world, I will forever remember those beautiful mountains and the city of Sedona. It was a reminder to me that if God can take a formless and empty earth then fill it with light, water, animals, and people what can’t He do for any situation in my life?

Family, let us continue to pray for those lost souls who live in, and consume from God’s wonderful creations without giving him recognition for it. Most of all family, let us forever acknowledge and thank God for being the Creator of heaven and earth for “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). He is definitely worthy of all honor and praise.