What Have You Learned from Me?
Read: PSALM 97:1-9
“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” (v. 1, NIV).
A few months before my dad passed away, he asked me a profound question: “Jimmy, what have you learned from me?” Dad’s question caught me off guard, but my answers rolled off my tongue like the waves that rolled on the beaches of Lahaina where he grew up. Answers like: “the Spirit of Aloha,” “treat all people with dignity,” and “‘ohana (or ‘family’ in Hawaiian) is everything.” As I shared, a smile crawled across my dad’s face. The things I learned from him were not only words of wisdom, but what I saw in how he lived his life.
In the same way, the Lord, the uncreated Creator, revealed himself to my Hawaiian ancestors through the actions and activities of creation long before missionaries arrived. Creation points to the Lord and his righteousness. What have you learned from the Lord through creation— a bird’s song, majestic trees, the sunrise, or the changing seasons?
Lord, reveal yourself to me through your creation. AMEN.