For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. (Ps. 103:11)
Mayo Clinic experts say you should make a point of having awe-inspiring experiences because of the positive physical and mental health effects gained from regularly feeling wonder or awe. I vividly remember the indescribable, love-filled wonder of holding our newborn daughter for the first time; of marveling at the miracle birth of a grandchild; and of enjoying God’s creation, such as the Grand Canyon.
Standing speechless with friends on the rim of that vast chasm of overwhelming beauty, we watched the splendor of the sunset. Suddenly, we began to sing in hushed tones, “This Is My Father’s World.” Leaving the magnificent canyon after dusk, we stopped to stargaze. Never had I seen the heavens as they appeared that night—the Milky Way clearly visible with numberless stars sparkling in the brilliant sky! Our “scientist” friend shared incredible facts about what we were seeing.
As I gazed upward in wonder and awe, I remembered the psalmist’s words, “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him!” Who can measure the height of the starry universe? His love and mercies are boundless to those who have a humble, hearty reverence for his authority. I felt so small in his big universe yet so loved by its Creator. We may feel powerless, but God’s love and power is limitless.
Embrace the awe-inspiring reality of his limitless, everlasting love each day.
Sue Rickman, a retired public school principal and adjunct professor, is a wife, mother, and “Mimi” to two grands. She enjoys piano, reading, biking, and scrapbooking and serves on the General Board of The Wesleyan Church and World Hope International.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.