Thursday, December 30, 2010

From the Breath of God

Yes, my back is hurt.  Yes, it hurts a lot.  (Thank you all for your prayers!!)  I'm struggling to keep my focus on the plans of the Lord, however.  In the words of our Pastor Fraley, I'm praying for healing, unless the Lord has something better.

Despite the pain, I continue to work out my days with His strength.  I've been visiting my chiropractor a few times per week, thanks to my kindhearted chauffeur/son.  Just as I was about to leave with Jacob yesterday morning, I glanced outside, then had Danny go grab my camera.  I had to convince Jacob to make a quick stop somewhere along the drive to capture the beautiful, ice-frosted treescape.

Jacob--usually a stickler for appointments, deadlines, and rules--obligingly pulled over at a small park, and helped me walk the 50 or so yards through the snowy playground to capture these images.  (He told me that he would "have to report this incident" to Dr. Mitchell--and he did!)  I was blown away by the hand of God on the landscape.  Winter can indeed be beautiful!  I enhanced some of the images, so the sky really wasn't that blue!  But I wanted to highlight the ice that was still covering the branches of every tree, even at 9:30am.

I like to post Scripture along with my nature photos, so I looked up the word ice in my beloved concordance (other than the Bible, the best book you could ever own!).  Here's a verse I found:

From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
Job 37:10 nasb

Then I decided to read "around" that single verse, and had a fascinating Bible study this morning.  Here it is in context:

Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud;
He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
It changes direction, turning around by His guidance,
That is may do whatever He commands it
On the face of the inhabited earth.
Whether for correction, or for His world,
Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
Job 37:9-13 nasb [emphases mine]

God created this landscape with His breath!  I serve an awesome God.  Not only that, but these verses highlight the why, which really is the bigger picture.  He uses all the different types of weather--storms, cold, ice, lightning, storms, tornadoes (read v. 12), wind--to correct or punish us, to water and nourish His earth, or to show us His love.  He causes it to happen.

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  1. I like the look of that frost. May the Lord bring healing and restoration to your back.

    Yeah, I had a backache some time ago... but it's all behind me now. ;-)

  2. I am new here, but was captured by the pictures of the breath of God. Beautiful thought that warms your heart even in the cold.
    I think the chiropractor will help your back but it may take a few times. Hope it is better, I have become a follower and invite you to look at my blog and follow if you wish. Blessings on the New Year and all 365 days.