• Jill Jarrell Newsome

"I Just Need To Lay My Eyes On Him"

My mom and I have not been able to visit my uncle who is in an assisted living facility. Like many of you know, this is heart wrenching when you are the caregiver and you know that person depends on you. He had just moved to this facility, which we feel was an answered prayer, but we hope he understands why we are not visiting. I asked Mom if she wanted to go the hour to see him - through the window. She nodded yes and responded, "I just need to lay my eyes on him." I understood.

This had been a really tough week for several reasons. Thankfully, Mike came home early and we went out on the boat which is my therapy. We rode around and then ate supper on the boat. We watched the sunset and came back in the dark. Mike said, "thanks, I needed that." I call it my therapy because I always need that - that is the time with God. And I thought back to what mom had said, "I just need to lay my eyes on him." Those were my feelings exactly. I just need to lay my eyes on Jesus! And I see Him in creation, especially on the water. Through the warm sunshine;;through the cold water, through the cool breeze; through the fresh air, through the orange sunset; through the grand white moon and the many bright stars, I saw Jesus! And being in nature and seeing the wonders He has made brought me peace!

Romans 1: 20, "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,so that people are without excuse." While I am in nature, I think about the beauty, complexity and creativity of our world and how it has such a profound effect on my life. I feel close to god as I think of the awe and wonder of nature's splendor which makes me feel close to Him.

The more I get to know God the more my adoration and appreciation evolves for His creation. Even God thought all was good! Genesis 1: 31, "God saw all that he had made,and it was very good.And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day."

Psalm 147: 8-9, "He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call." God provides for the animals and He will provide for us. There are times in our lives that we are reminded that we are not our own provider. Times like we are going through now with the COVID-19 people are seeing that they are not in control. God is in control and He will provide us with whatever we need. He sees the big picture!

After creating the heavens and the earth, God rested and said all was good. Then He made man in His image. They were created to have fellowship with Him. He made us so one day we would be with Him for all eternity. We are His most prized possession! As much as I am in awe of His nature - He thinks we are His masterpiece! He loves you and I, so, so much!


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