“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

In or Out

 by Macy Johnson

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

the world and all who live in it.”

(Psalm 24:1 NIV)


As a child I often heard the phrase, “In or Out!” It usually occurred when I lingered in the doorway and allowed precious warm or cool air to escape.


Driving home from the campground, I shared an epiphany with my husband. While at the campsite, I discovered I experience God better outside. Inside I am surrounded, even in our camper, by my things, my trappings, and my conveniences. I enjoy outdoor furniture, fire pits, and all sorts of enhancements in the yard, but true beauty comes from nature. Only my heavenly Father can take credit for that. Jeff agreed.


When I furnished my previous home, I instructed the decorators to “bring the outside in.” My desires resulted in stylish draperies in the dining room with elegant images of fowl and foliage. The bedroom curtains resembled tranquil scenes from a lake. I loved the earthy combination of colors which flooded the rooms. Yet, in my heart I knew I would rather be outdoors than in the house.


Every morning, I step out onto the second-story balcony attached to my studio and commune with God. I listen to birds as they sing praises to their Creator. I open my arms and receive His Spirit from the sky above and thank Him for the day to come. I witness as His hands spread across the sky and paint masterpieces with vibrant colors just for me!


Look around you and test me on this. Do you not feel the presence of God more powerfully under His sun, His clouds, His moon, and His stars? Enjoy the blessings He freely gives each of us…outside.


I will cherish every opportunity to meet with God today, in or out. I hope you will, too!

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