Friday, July 17, 2009

I Did it Just for You

I was on a mission this afternoon to find a Max Lucado quote to build another blog post around. I had the topic and when I heard this quote again today I thought, "Bingo! That's where I need to start." So off I went to surf the net and find the exact wording.

And then God gave me something else. I love when He does that. I will get back to our discussions of weight, self-image, beauty and so much more but today let's look at a gift God gave me last week.

My family was blessed to spend last week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some close family friends for a week of sun, sand and relaxing. What joy it was.

I am not a morning person and it was a shock to the system when I sat bolt upright in bed at 5:30 a.m. Why am I up? I grumbled over and over. And as I laid my head back down on the pillow I felt an urge unlike anything I've ever felt.


I threw on some clothes, grabbed the camera and headed for the beach. I was going to see the sunrise. It was beautiful. I snapped lots of pictures and was just in awe. With every breath the colors changed, the sky came alive, the world woke up. Oh it was a moment just for me. I was in love with the painter of the sky that morning.

Two days later. 5:30 a.m.


I did.

And while the beauty of the previous sunrise we had shared still lingered on the backs of my eyelids I was not ready for the majesty God would reveal to me that moment.

In the study I am currently going through Kathy Triccoli mentions Jesus wooing her through creation, specially the beach and the ocean. I thought that was neat concept and wondered what it must have felt like to be wooed by the Maker of the Heavens.

I know now.

As I tried to drink in the ever changing beauty in front of me I was so humbled. How could the hand that made this sky, this beauty, touch my face? Little ole me.

There was no one on the beach. In either direction as far as I could look it was me.

And God.

Then today, I found this:

"Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."
- Max Lucado

My eyes fill with tears, even now.

"I did it just for you."


Runner Mom said...

Wendy, I love it when He whispers to us, "come." I was with Him this morning on my back porch--at 6:00am! I heard His beautifully orchestrated symphony of Cicadas, owls, roosters, and song birds. Simply perfect.

Love your photos that He shared with you.


ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Hey Wendy!

What a beautiful post! You really have a sweet spirit and it's obvious of God's touch on your life. Thank you for sharing this..

I hope to meet you at She Speaks! Can't wait! :)

Danielle said...

Ooh! I love those pictures. On the way home from services tonight, I was so wishing for my camera. There was a beautiful sunset.

I love the fact in the last picture you show here, there's a bird flying 'in front' of the sun. Great shot!

It gave me chills when I read, 'I did it for you.'

Thank you, Lord!

Molly said...

This post takes me back........back to my childhood when many summer family vacations were spent at the Outer Banks of NC. Back in the days before multi-story condos, when it was much less crowded and time seemed to stand still for a week. Back to a vacation in Destin a few years ago when we got up at 5:30 to watch the sunrise and God blessed me with such a spectacular display that all I could say was 'thank you!' Thanks for sharing!