Devotional: Vistas and Visors

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Vistas and Visors

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Excerpts from Psalm 8 NRSV)visor

On my way to work this morning the full moon shone high above the horizon. It was noticeable because my driver’s side visor was in the folded-up position allowing me to see the vista through the entire windshield. My visor is usually down to block the sun’s rays in the western sky on my way home. One object, a foldable visor, is able to block my view of the sky or allow it to be wide open.

If we notice our surroundings, many objects are capable of blocking our view. Blinds on windows block the sunshine. Trees and bushes block our view of the road. Walls and doors block our view of the next room. We welcome the blocking of some sights. It seems more pleasant when the garbage dumpsters are on the other side of the property, away from our view. We are not as likely to block the window views of rooms overlooking the flowers and shrubbery.

Each day of life we have opportunities to open our visors, our blinds, to vistas of beauty or close them to less pleasant sights. Where do we choose to open our visors? Where do we block views that might be life-changing? Creation all around us is calling us to view it, to appreciate its kaleidoscopic splendor, the reflection of the Sovereign Lord, the Creator of all.

Prayer: O Sovereign Lord our God, we thank You for the moon, the stars, the sunshine, the beauty of creation all around us. Thank You for caring for us mortals here on this planet. Truly, Your name is majestically displayed in the heavens and the earth. Sometimes we block the views You want us to see, to open our eyes and notice. Forgive us. Help us to see what You want us to see. Enable us to appreciate the variegated varieties of Your creation and the splendid splendor all around us. Amen.