We’ve been singing this beautiful song at church lately (Check out an very cool live version here. Or the lyrics here.) and this past Sunday a spark resonated deep inside my soul and it's been an amazing few days. Let me explain: One of the ladies in the praise band quoted the passage in Luke 19 when Jesus says, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” She went on to say that if humanity won’t praise God, creation will…and this got me to thinking…
What if…when the trees blow in the wind, what if that movement is their reaction to God’s glorious being? What if, when the waves crash against the rocks and white froth foams as a result, what if that that movement and reaction against rock is the ocean’s way of praising The Creator of the Universe? What if thunder is the wind’s inability to contain its gratitude to God Almighty? What if the babbling of a brook is a sweet song offered up to The One who put the rocks near the water?
And these thoughts led to an amazing conversation with my 5 year old. I told her about Luke 19 and Jesus saying that if people don’t praise God, then nature will. And…she…was…amazed. And this led to a full day of us (+ my other little one) driving around town singing this song at the top of our lungs and her spontaneously holding her hands up toward Heaven. She has never been in “big church” and to my knowledge has never seen someone do this…it was as if she just couldn’t contain her praise…and that was…AWESOME.
Later in the day she was with my mom and looked out the window and said “Look at those trees blowing in the wind. Did you know they are praising God?” And then this evening, as we had the song cranked up and were singing it loudly…it began to rain…in July. And it was….AWESOME. We ran outside and danced and twirled in the light sprinkle of rain and she said – well more like gleefully giggled, “Mommy, the clouds…they just have to praise God!” And it was…AWESOME.
Today was one of the best days of my life.