Psalm 104: 1-5
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honour and majesty,
2 wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
3 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind,
4 you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
5 You set the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never be shaken.
Have you ever had a realisation which overwhelmed your sense of the world we live in? Turned you round and upside-down and made you look at everything anew? The writer of Psalm 104 has, listen to them rave about the world around them, eyes opened in wonder seeing everything as if for the first time and in awe of God as author of it all.
In one of my favourite books, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, the protagonist witnesses a character from the famous novel Jane Eyre come to life in front of her. As a result she is faced with a moment where the way she sees the world is turned on its head and she is forced to rethink things she knows. Possibilities that once seemed limited suddenly become new and different.
To me the open eyed amazement at the world they both see around them draws these two very different books together. One is old and more a song or poem. The other is much newer and full of playful prose and silliness but both touch on the eternal admiration of a world and its creator which defies and exceeds our expectations.
God of new perspectives
Thank you for the wonders around us that we often forget to see.
Help us to wake every day with new eyes and open hearts to creativity.