This was the sunrise from my rooftop one Friday morning… isn't it glorious?
I am thankful that God shows us His glory in nature! Beauty such as this refreshes my soul and reminds me of the greatness of God's mercy and love for us! That same Friday, in the evening, as we travelled to Poite for Bible study we saw quite a few howler monkeys in the trees. On other trips we have seen pairs of toucans, a white hawk, and many other creatures, making the long, bumpy drive a fascinating tour of God's creation.
I am blessed by the beautiful displays of God's handiwork, however there are more difficult aspects of God's handiwork as well, such as storms and earthquakes that bring destruction and cost lives. I am reminded of the Scriptures that tell us that at the end of times there will be an increase of earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as the increase of wars and other troubles. What a good reminder for these difficult times we find in Luke 21:34-36: "But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." May the Lord make us watchful so that we might not become overcome with the cares of this life… may we keep our eyes on Him, looking for His coming, rather than dreading the difficulties that surround His coming because of the sin of this world!