It’s no accident that Psalm 23, one of the most quoted psalms about God’s tender care, mentions nature in its first lines: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
On Sunday Dan and I took our Brazilian bishop and his wife to visit a church plant in Planaltina where a dozen folks were gathered to hear God’s word. Afterward we drove an hour north to see a waterfall in the city of Formosa.
The beauty of the falls took our breath away. But what amazed us even more were the “portraits” of God’s character all around us. The cascade of water crashing from 550 feet above our heads reflected His power. The lush green grass all around the cliffs showed His beauty. The woman next to me kept repeating, “God is perfect! God is perfect!” A six-year old girl, gazing at the sight, gleefully jumped up and down saying, “How wonderful! How wonderful!” In fact, as we stood below the falls, it was almost impossible to keep from lifting our hands in an act of praise.
One daddy tightly held his little boy so that he would not tumble down on the slippery rocks. Another father wrapped his wet and shivering son in a large towel and held him close to warm him. The ubiquitous reminders of God’s majesty, grandeur and kindness strengthened our hearts. So…If you need your faith lifted, come down for a visit and we’ll be thrilled to show you around!