by Macy Johnson
“The grass withers and the flowers
but the word of our God stands forever.”
(Isaiah 40:8 NIV)
mowed the grass in our yard one spring morning while I walked my regular route
near our house. The fragrance sent me back to childhood days of tumbling in the
front yard with friends. I love the smell of a freshly mown lawn.
Mother’s Day he gave me a beautiful basket of petunias, which I hung on a
shepherd’s hook on the balcony outside my studio window. A few days later I watched
the early-morning rain dance on the flower petals and thought of how the Lord
provides for all our needs, even water for His surrounding beauty. I was
reminded how Jesus gently nourishes us so we will grow in grace and knowledge
of Him. The purple and white blossoms seemed to wake up and fill out more and
more as water splashed over them.
My Father’s World” is a hymn written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901).
Maltbie was an athlete and Presbyterian minister in Lockport, New York. He
pens, “In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.” I
love this hymn because it introduces children to God in objects their young
minds can grasp: grass, trees, birds, flowers, clouds, wind, and the sandy beach,
where I am vacationing this week.
The last stanza
of this hymn reminds us God is in control and will win the final battle. Things
of this earth will pass away, but His Word stands forever. One day this planet
will be made new and we will joyfully learn to live in perfect harmony and beauty.
I seek God
in His amazing creation with hope of eternal peace in His kingdom. I hope you