PWTE Daily Devotion

Raw Beauty

January 11, 2017

God Glorifies Himself Through Storms

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The red rocks in this photo look very bare. After years of wind, rain, and glacial erosion they are smooth and incredibly thin in places. These rocks reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Garden of the Gods Park. Those who have been there may recognize that we are looking up at the backside of the iconic Kissing Camels. Though the sky above is a clear and stunning blue, there is evidence that these rocks have weathered numerous storms. If the smooth sides did not tell the story, the fact that this sandstone once lay parallel to the ground and is now closer to perpendicular certainly speaks of tumultuous times.  

Have you felt this way? Do you feel this way now? Weathered by numerous storms, pushed and pulled into new positions by events around you, and sticking up conspicuously from the landscape. Raw, vulnerable, and worn you wonder how God is possibly using all this for His glory. Maybe things look pretty good right now, but you are wondering when the next storm will hit and how many more you can weather before you fall apart completely. David felt this way as well.

“My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”
Psalm 55:4-8 New International Version

There is something else to notice about these rocks. They are beautiful and attract visitors from all over the world, an estimated 2 million people per year. When we question how God could possibly be glorified by the adversity we go through, by our raw exposed edges, and seemingly upside down lives we can learn a lesson from these red rocks. God uses the storms to make us beautiful, to draw people to us, so we can direct them to Him. Praise Him in your storm.

Text Copyright Richelle Hecker
Photo Copyright Victoria Hecker

 

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