How is it...?
How is it that what was once dormant and plain brown or green is now bursting with color in my front and backyard? These gorgeous blooms that bless me each day as I admire the handiwork of our Lord - the Amaryllises, fragrant Double Delight roses, Calabrachia, Kalanchoe, Bottle Brush, Azaleas, Begonias, Anthuriums, Hydrangeas, and other bushes I can't even name. These blooms which herald in the Spring and tarry for a while to delight my eyes, tickle my sense of smell, fill my heart to bursting with the wonder of it all. How is it that these wonders of nature brighten my spirit and lead my thoughts to the Lord in thanks and make me want to share the abundance of His blessings, to send cards proclaiming the miracle of His resurrection, and to bring Amaryllises to my friends and neighbors as a cheer-me-up?
"O Lord, our Lord…what is man that You are mindful of him?" (Psalm 8:4)
My heart is full when I dwell on this thought - that the LORD Himself has reached down from the heavens to touch us - through these explosions of color, these wondrous forms of nature, and through the words of these Psalms written by a man named David, a man after God's own heart. And interpreted through the songs of a modern-day singer of Psalms, a man named Marty Goetz, whom I had the privilege to hear recently, a Messianic Jew gifted with the mission to bring Jews to the realization that the Messiah has already arrived - in the form of Jesus. His song continues…"How excellent is Your name in all the Earth?"
Even if I can't name the various flowers and bushes which make their majestic appearance each spring, I know the Name of the One who was created by God and was sent down from heaven to take away our burden of sin and lift us up out of our fits of self-pity and despair. It is the name Jesus, as Marty's "O Lord, our Lord" song goes on to say:
"Your Name given so freely for us to claim
the Name of Jesus.
You came a little lower than the angels
to humble Yourself
Only to be exalted
As in the refrain of another famous song sung by Chris Tomlin and others, we hear that "How is it?" question once again:
"Amazing love, how can it be?
That You, my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know its true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, I honor You."
The question hangs low, waiting for an answer to this mystery, but my heart is blessed to be filled with the assurance that one day I will understand how this can be, that our Lord loves even me.
Christiane Salts has been actively involved at CCC since becoming a member with her husband Dennis and daughters Carrie and Tracy in 2003. She has been blessed by the Women's Ministry Bible studies, serving as Spiritual Life Leader for two years and actively participating in church life along with her Petra Circle sisters. She is blessed with two marvelous grandchildren, and loves reading, writing, and travel. .