43. Acts of God

Thunder Clouds block

This block was a fun one, despite having 44 pieces in all. It goes with Psalm 18 in the Bible Sampler Quilt, which has another of my favorite passages: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation”.

I love how David is so comfortable and confident in his relationship with God. He knows he’s on His good side, and understands the awesomeness of God’s “bad side”. David describes God coming to his rescue: “Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth, glowing coals flamed forth from him. He bowed the heavens . . . Thick clouds dark with water. Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.”

You wouldn’t want to be on God’s bad side. This passage reminds me of what insurance companies refer to as “Acts of God”.

I snapped these photos this past Saturday. Check out what God did out my front door which faces east towards the mountains. And it wasn’t even raining:

At the same time, He was doing this out my back door to the west:

I didn’t edit these photos at all. I just pointed the iPad and clicked over the course of about fifteen minutes. The sky kept changing right before my eyes. These photos don’t do the grandeur sweeping across the heavens justice. I thought of the saying:

“Share the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” God revealed his beautiful majesty without a single word right up there in the sky. You can see how lots of people say they see God in nature. They say that they worship God through nature. Some go too far and decide that nature is their God. But I think they miss out when their faith ends there.

I’m biased, but words, as well as deeds, are important too.

So how do we share the gospel? God directs us to bear witness to the truth. His word is truth.

What is the gospel? It’s the good news that the Lord is our strength and our rock and our deliverer. We can escape the bad side because he made a way out through His son, Jesus Christ.

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