What Do You See That Points You To God?

When our children were young, we spent one of our family vacations at a luxurious resort in the breathtaking mountains of Vermont. Having spent several years of my childhood living in the picturesque country of Norway, I learned to love being near the mountains. If I had my choice and could pick the perfect place to live, it would be somewhere that had great mountains!  Vermont was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. In the same way that my childhood in Europe revolved around hiking, biking and being outside, Vermont offered a similar lifestyle.

One afternoon we decided to take a relaxing drive so that we might be able to experience the magnificent scenery that the beautiful state of Vermont offered us. As the winding roads ushered us through the lush, green mountains, I was reminded of the countless amazing gifts God has created for us to enjoy. In a state as beautiful as Vermont, how can one not seek God when everything points to Him!

While driving that afternoon, a song began to play. We listened quietly…

Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Holy! Holy! Are You Lord God Almighty!
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
For you are Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty! Worthy is the lamb!
Worthy is the lamb.
Amen

That memorable vacation came to and end, and we made our way down from those beautiful mountains to our home right outside of Washington D.C.  The rugged mountains were replaced by tall office buildings. The rustic log homes were replaced by rows of town homes, brick apartment buildings, and open-air shopping malls with narrow parking spaces. Yet, I am still surrounded by things that point me to God. Here are some things that point me to Him right outside of Washington DC:

  • The thick bush dripping with bright pink Azaleas right outside my kitchen window.
  • The amazing gifts of my two, now grown, children.
  • My faithful, patient, grace filled husband who has persevered with me through almost 30 years of marriage.
  • The provision of  a space to call home that can be used to serve the precious people God leads to our door.
  • Another day – a whole 24 hours – given for me to accomplish what God wants me to do.
  • The dog I saw at the grocery store,  happily wagging his tail – doing what he was created to do.
  • The homeless man standing across the street from the McDonald’s, dirty and in torn clothes, who was created in the image of God!

How can one not seek God when everything points to Him!  As I  fight my way through bumper to bumper traffic, wait at the stop light, and park in the gravel covered space in front of our apartment,  I still sing–

Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty.
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
Amen!
For You are Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty!
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
Amen!

Right now. In the setting God has placed you – whether it be the city, country, or the mountains – what do you see that points you to God?

“Oh, Father. You have made all things well! Please open my eyes to everything around me that points me to You!”