After church today, Sabrina, Amari, Halle, and I went to The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita (http://gentlebarn.org/). Halle brushed a couple of the cows' fur; Amari, like Mary, befriended a little lamb; Sabrina was literally hit on by a black stallion who enthusiastically shook his head "YES" when she asked him if he liked her; and I bonded with the sleeping swine. It was amazing! To say that we had an awesome time would be an understatement. I was so emotional by the time I made it back home that I had to tell my neighbor (who simply asked how my day was and surely wasn't expecting the earful that I gave him) all about how GREAT God is!
The entire time that we were at The Gentle Barn, I couldn't stop praising God for being such an awesome wonder. I couldn't help but thank Him for allowing me to see and feel His presence all around me. I gave praise aloud a few times because I just couldn't help myself.
The animals were beautiful--so precious. They had so much personality. I looked at them and knew that they (like I) had been created for the sole purpose of giving glory to God. I could see that He had taken His time with them and that He LOVED them. His arms were wrapped around them and they were secure in His embrace.
My mind began to run marathons as I thought about the swaying trees waving their leaves toward heaven--magnifying the Lord, their Creator. I thought about the blowing wind singing praises to the Almighty. I thought about the ocean, so wide and so deep, moving at His command. I thought about the earth's plates shifting at His orchestration. I thought about how lava spews forth after volcanic eruptions at His direction. I thought about the mountains and the valleys and the deserts all prostrate as they honor Him. I thought about the rocks crying out that He is the Most High God. I thought about the sun and the moon and the stars that He set in place to light our world and provide the energy necessary for this life to exist. I thought about how His creations depend upon each other and how none of this would be possible without Him...and I was reminded that God is my all and all. He's my everything! I live and I breathe to worship Him and I humbly submit to His will for my life. I sing praises unto the Lord, for He is worthy!