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Meditation Amid His Majesty

by SHIRLEY RALSTON ADORATION God’s guidance & direction
Meditation Amid His Majesty
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"One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works."
Psalms 145:4–5

“The purpose of meditation is to enable us to hear God more clearly. Meditation is listening, sensing, heeding the life and light of Christ. This comes right to the heart of our faith.” –Richard Foster

In silence we made the steady climb up the Appalachian Trail. The cadence of our footsteps was accompanied only by the wind through the pine and poplar trees. Above, the sky was clear and blue, disturbed only by the wispy white trails marking the jet stream. Below, dappled sunlight bathed our path in the golden hues of autumn. 

As the traffic noise from Route 319 fell away, so did my anxiety about the eight mile hike. My husband’s long stride and fast pace always put him several feet in front of me so for the most part, I was alone with my thoughts. 

With the everyday noise and distractions of life stripped away, I became acutely aware of God’s presence. Amid the beauty of Appalachia, Romans 1:20 played out in real time, as I began to meditate on “His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world.”

Richard Foster describes meditation in creation as a type of “contemplative prayer… a majestic monotheism in which the great Creator of the universe shows us something of his glory through his creation.”

The glory of creation is a perfect setting for the Lord’s guidance. No matter where I have lived in the world, I have found this to be so. Whether it be majestic mountains, desert dunes, cliff-lined coasts, astounding sunrises and sunsets, or a dark night sky strewn with a million stars, God speaks through His creative majesty. 

Wherever God has sent you to serve, I encourage you to seek out a place of refuge in your natural surroundings. Contemplation will bring clarity as God guides your thoughts. Perhaps the burdens you carry will lighten and you, like me, will be humbled and renewed in purpose and calling. After all, if He can, with a word, create such unimaginable beauty, what can he not do in our own lives?

“Meditation sends us into our ordinary world with greater perspective and balance.” –Richard Foster

Closing Prayer
God of Creation, help us to be mindful each day that we are surrounded by the work of your hands. The beauty of your world is also a reflection of the beauty you see in each one of us. Help us to pause, pray, and listen for your voice as you speak through the glory of your creation. We trust in your guidance and direction. Amen.
Question for Reflection

Sometimes we can get so familiar with our surroundings that we overlook the majesty of God’s creative power in the world. I encourage you to take some time today to look around. In what ways are you able to observe the glory of God and the work of His hands?

Shirley Ralston
December 21, 2020

When I returned from living overseas, I became a big city dweller once again. City life was noisy – traffic, construction, sirens, and lots of concrete. Unlike many places in the world, everything was much more scheduled. It was hard to find a peaceful time just to meditate on God’s Word, to read, and to write. I had to discipline myself to set aside time in each day, free from distraction and other demands on my time. I found a comfortable, creative space in my home and silenced my phone (a major source of distraction). Although I can’t get rid of the daily noise of city life, I take delight in hearing the wind through my windchimes on my porch and the birds on my feeders in the backyard. It is in these times when I often receive guidance and direction from the Lord.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14