(This is my weekly column for the Cartersville Daily Tribune)
God’s Power and Glory Seen in Fall Color
Last Saturday I was driving to Trenton, GA, to officiate a wedding. Trenton is in extreme northwest Georgia. To get there, I drove to Chattanooga and then traveled west toward Nashville for about twenty minutes and then, took a highway south. As I drove along the Interstate going west, I looked up ahead and saw the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was a beautiful sight.
As I looked at the mountains, there was some fall color. Because of the draught, there wasn’t as much as in the past, but there was some. Still, as I gazed upon what was there, my heart was touched. Even though there wasn’t as much fall color, it was still a beautiful sight.
As I took in the beautiful scenery I was reminded of how great and powerful our God is. I thought about the power of God. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created.” As we observe God’s power on display in the fall colors, we are reminded that years and years ago, God spoke… God simply spoke… and everything came into being.
Think about that… God simply spoke and all of creation came into being. We serve a powerful and awesome God. It may be that you are going through some hard times. And maybe you are doubting the power of God. The beauty of creation should remind us of the power of God and that God can handle our problems.
We are also reminded of the glory of God. Fall color is not as vivid this year as it has been in the past. The weeks without rain that we experienced has contributed to that. But there is still some color. Even though fall color may not be what it has been in recent years, during the winter, if there is snowfall, snow is beautiful. In the spring, as flowers begin to bloom, they are beautiful. During the summer, a freshly cut lawn or recently planted flowers are beautiful and remind us of God’s glory.
We are also reminded of the reason we worship and serve God. We serve a great God… a powerful God.
A God who spoke and, as the song goes… “…all the worlds came into order. He waved His hand and planets filled celestial skies.”
No, even though fall color isn’t the best this year, what there is of it, reminds us of the power and glory of God which is why we worship and serve God.
I thought of the old hymn we sang in the church and George Beverly Shea sang in Billy Graham Crusades;
“O Lord my God.
When I in awesome wonder.
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder.
Thy power throughout, the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul! My Savior God to Thee!
How Great Thou Art!
How Great Thou Art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee!
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!”
As I drove along looking at the mountains, I couldn’t help but think about how great our God is. Worship Him and serve Him because He is worthy of our praise.