May 31 – So Will I

Jesus said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “They will look on the one they pierced.”
(John 19:30,36,37)

Read: 2 Samuel 17:1-29, John 19:23-42, Psalm 119:129-152, Proverbs 16:12-13


What you can see in this picture is a view I have had repeated opportunities to view in real life this year. Actually, I don’t think this picture even begins to do the real view justice. To me left I am looking out at the Mediterranean Sea. Before me, are the north end of the Syrian Gates. It is a spur of the Taurus Mountains that comes all the way down to the coast of Southern Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. The famous port of Syrian Alexandria marks a point where there is a gap in those mountains that provide land access to Syria and the interior. Just a short hop inland from here is Syrian Antioch. That city holds the oldest known church building in the world. It is also the place where Paul began his missionary journeys that turned the world upside down. There is so much history and beauty packed into this small piece of geography.
When I am in this area, there is a pathway along which I will walk and pray and write. Sometimes I will simply stop and look around in awe. From that pathway, I can watch the sun rise over the mountains early in the mornings. Later in the evenings, I can turn in the opposite direction and watch the sun set into the Sea. Again, I can snap a photo (up top) but I am completely unable to capture the beauty. Every single day, creation becomes a canvas displaying the majestic artwork of our creator. And this is just one point on earth. I can think of other majestic vistas I have had the joy to experience in Turkey. There are others I have enjoyed as I have climbed multiple mountains and canyons in New York, visited sandy beaches in California, South Carolina, and Florida.
React: These are just a few spots on our gorgeous planet. How many other beautiful vistas exist on multiple billions of other planets that have never been and never will be seen by human eyes? This Universe is a work of beauty on a scope so vast and with a level of detail so meticulous that it beggars the imagination. Even more mind-boggling than that is the fact that the artist of this universe loves me. In fact, the One through whom all things were created and without whom nothing in all creation could continue to exist actually took on flesh and made his dwelling here on earth. He came to teach us how to live and then died so that death could not hold us. As the song below will say:
God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die
And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here


Dear God,
And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace

If creation still obeys You so will I
If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

7 thoughts on “May 31 – So Will I

  1. Did you write the final poem “So will I”? I want to share that on my FB page and need to properly credit. I guess I can post link to this as credit. I just know you as BJ is that enough?

    The theme of true humility being like creation is powerful. I have defined humility as; simply taking one’s role in creation and living in harmony with the Creator like all the rest of creation. I think this can be appealing to many because it is so simple and natural.

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