S (Scripture): Psalm 104
Lord, you have done so many things!
You made them all so wisely!
The earth is full of your creations!
And then there’s the sea, wide and deep,
with its countless creatures—
living things both small and large.
There go the ships on it,
and Leviathan, which you made, plays in it!
All your creations wait for you
to give them their food on time.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled completely full!
But when you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to dust.
When you let loose your breath, they are created,
and you make the surface of the ground brand-new again.
O (Observation): The immensity of God’s creativity in ordering creation is powerful. God is constantly nourishing, sustaining, and re-creating and bringing new life to all that inhabit the earth.
A (Application): When was the last time you acknowledged how things come together to nourish you? What was the last time you acknowledged the beauty and simplicity of something as seemingly insignificant as a glass of milk standing on your table? When was the last time you appreciated the complexity and the mind-blowing dynamics that have come together to produce your position at work?
What will it take for you to acknowledge these things? How much quiet time will you need to contemplate on these things? 5 minutes? 15 minutes? An hour?
Go ahead and take as much or as little time as you need this day to recognize God’s handiwork in your life, in the life of those around you, and all of God’s creation.
P (Prayer): Lord, help me to appreciate you and your work this day. Amen.