Not too long ago my husband and I drove through Bay Harbor, an enclave of upscale condominiums, cottages, and multi-million dollar homes in northern Michigan. Located in a picturesque region surrounding Little Traverse Bay off of Lake Michigan, its secluded harbor is filled with yachts and sailboats. As we visited this community with its immaculate gardens, well-appointed homes, and extravagant amenities, we remembered how years ago it was a limestone quarry with an industrial structure that defaced the beauty of the waterfront. But as a result of someone’s vision and a large investment, men transformed this eyesore into a place where you just say, “Wow!”
As the afternoon turned into evening, we drove to a high point where we could overlook the whole complex. Suddenly our eyes no longer focused on the beautiful yards, the million dollar homes, or the yachts in the harbor.
Facing west, our eyes went beyond what man had made as we watched the sun setting in the northern sky. Its setting painted the sky in hues of red, pink, and orange filtered through wisps of clouds. Its waning rays reflected shimmers of light across the bay. Then we turned to the east, and rising above the horizon was the brilliant cream-colored harvest moon.
We didn’t say, “Wow!’
We were silent.
We stood in awe.
Our “wows” at what man had made were erased with an awe of the natural wonders created by our great God. We were in awe of what God had made.
In the book of Jeremiah, we read where God is grieved by the attitude of the Israelites. His heart is broken because . . .
they have “no awe of me.” (Jer. 2:19 NIV)
Because they no longer were in awe of God, they worshipped what man made – idols of wood and stone. They chose to live their lives as they pleased instead living lives that pleased the Lord.
They had lost their awe of God.
And it can happens to us. We can lose our awe. We can be captivated by the things of this world. We can be captivated by its pleasures.
We can take for granted . . .
His patient love,
and we can lose our “awe” of God.
So every now and then watch a sunset. Search the night sky for the brilliant moon shining amid the stars, and stand in awe of your God.