You crown the year with your bounty; your paths overflow with abundance.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,

The meadows cloth themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

Psalm 65: 11-13

For me the most vivid and remember able moment from the film The Sound of Music is the one
where Julie Andrews is on the mountain top singing, “The hills are alive
with the sound of music.” As she dances alone with the Alps
in the background and the lush green of her world underfoot, she is carried
away into a deep part of God’s creation, and her next words, “With songs
they have sung for a thousand years”, speak of her real understanding of
God’s long term design and plan.

We, too, can stand in the middle of a green mountain pasture, a sand dune in the desert,
a field of grain, or a pocket park in the center of a city and see and feel the
creative energy and the Divine imagination that is behind it all. Everything
that is on the earth, every plant, insect, animal, and each geological feature
was designed and placed by the Creator, and it was all done for my benefit. God
wants to relate to people, to all of us, and His greatest delight is found in the
times when we come to Him and share our lives with Him. God’s art
gallery is filled with the portraits of His children, and even when He looks at
natural beauty, His pleasure is greatest when we are enjoying and being blessed
by it. The Father gave us a world that is filled with the resources that we
would require to meet our physical needs, and He granted us the
responsibility to care for it and to cultivate it. From this we were given the
dignity to live purposeful lives, and God also promises to stay close to
us through it all so that we can find comfort, direction, and
satisfaction from our labor despite the unending struggle that is a part
of living in a fallen and corrupted world.

The Lord wants us to take some time today to look around and see His finger prints
on the world; slow down the pace of getting from here to there for the
moment that is required to smell the fragrance of a flower and to hear the
beating of a bird’s wing. Let the cooling breeze touch your cheek and know
that this is a part of the love song that God wrote just for you. This world
was designed and created for our benefit and pleasure by God, who is delighted
when we are joyfully joined in songs of praise to His glory.