Rubus Fruticosis

Within steps of our front door, a beautiful wooded hiking / biking trail can be easily accessed. Yesterday morning as my husband and I bicycled down that trail in search of shiny ripened blackberries, we took in the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. With each rotation of the bikes’ wheels, our senses were stimulated by the constant and quickly-changing sights and sounds. Nature’s amazing scenery laid out before us. The rustling of brush made by an unknown hidden creature, the splash of a startled frog into the stream, the chirping, squawking and songs of birds – never a moment of silence. The universe declaring God’s majesty. Declaring it boldly and beautifully.

Since childhood, blackberry picking has been a favorite hobby, a hobby which we’ve continued to enjoy into adulthood and which we’ve passed on to our sons. On this blackberry-picking day in the July heat, which turned out to be one of the hottest days so far this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, our buckets were slowly filled with the succulent dark purple-black berries. During the 7-mile, nearly 3-hour journey, as the sun’s rays bore down upon us, the same rays which had turned our berries from green to red to ripe, the Lord of all creation declared His majesty. The words of the psalmist filled my mind, my heart, and my being and song lyrics fell from my lips: 

“Lord of all creation, Of water, earth and sky. The Heavens are Your Tabernacle, Glory to the Lord on high. God of wonders, beyond our galaxy. You are holy, holy. The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy.” (Lyrics by Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd)

Hope Nugget: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) [God of Wonders, Third Day]


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