March 10 / BIBLE IN A YEAR: Deuteronomy 8-10; Mark 11:19-33
He says to the snow, Fall on the earth,” and to rain shower, ”Be a mighty downpour.” (Job 37:6)
Read Job 36:26-29; 37:5-7
Named for a tough blue-collar neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, the grassroots musical group Over the Rhine sings about a transformation that took place each year in the city. “Whenever we’d get our first real snowfall of the year, it felt like something sacred was happening,” explains band co-founder Linford Detweiler. “Like a little bit of a fresh start. The city would slow down and grow quiet.”
If you’ve experienced a heavy snowfall, you understand how it can inspire a song. A magical quietness drapes the world as snow conceals grime and grayness. For a few moments, winter’s bleakness brightens, inviting our reflection and delight.
Elihu, the one friend of Job who may have had a helpful view of God, noted how creation demands our attention. “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways,” he said (Job 37:5). “He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour,’” Such splendor can interrupt our lives, demanding a sacred pause. “So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor,” Elihu observed (vv. 6-7).
Nature sometimes seizes our attention in ways we don’t like. Regardless of what happens to us or what we observe around us, each moment-magnificent, menacing, or mundane-can inspire our worship. The poet’s heart within us craves the holy hush. Tim Gustafson
Reflect & Pray
Father, help me to see Your hand in everything today. Give me a heart to appreciate Your amazing works.
What events or things motivate you to ponder God’s greatness and creativity? How can you experience His wonder in your ordinary moments today?