Everyone Out of the Car!

Psalm 33:6

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.

Acts 17:25 (NIV)

God is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.


The amazingly expansive Rift Valley as taken on the road from Nairobi to Kilgoris, Kenya. This was taken on my first mission trip to Kenya.

“Everyone out of the car!” Our son was adamant. We were traveling in northern New Mexico toward Colorado. It was night. And cold. And crystal clear. The starfield was spectacular. Aaron wanted us out of the car so that we could see the marvelous display of majestic beauty.

I still marvel at such beautiful sites. From the Grand Canyon, to the Sawtooth Mountains, to the blue waters of the Caribbean, to the great Rift Valley: God’s splendor is displayed in the beauty of his creation. God said, “Let there be…” and there was. Add in the incredibly beautiful and remarkable plant and animal life, and it’s enough to move people to praise him.

But such praise is not God’s need, but ours. We need to honor God, acknowledge his glory, and sing his praise. God, the One who is needs nothing from me. His name from of old is, “I AM” – the eternally present and existent One. We do not validate his being or sustain his ego.

We did not create God – no matter what modern thinkers may say. He is not a mere crutch for weak people. But the sooner we realize we have no power, or that our being is dependent on his favor, the better off we will be in relation to him and his glory. He is the North Star for all of life.

We need to get out of the car once in awhile and see the splendor of God’s creation, marvel at his creative glory, and praise him for all he has done for us.

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