Hey Hawaii, I love you, too.
WEEKLY(ISH) DEVOTIONAL | words by Mandy Hixon
...stop and consider God's wonders. JOB 37:14 (ESV)
I've spent some time in Hawaii over the past few years, and every time the plane touches down, 2,394 miles of the California coast, smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and I find myself in paradise, on the teeny, tiny top of a volcano, four million years in the making, I have to pinch myself and then stop and consider God's wonders. Job 37:14 (ESV)
What's more astonishing and surprising still, is that this verse is from Job. Job, arguably the most miserable and tested character in the Bible, despite his trials, is still utterly awed by God. To say that Job got the short end of the stick is an understatement. His wife leaves him. His children are killed suddenly and tragically. Acres of farmland and livestock - his livelihood - are destroyed in a single day. His friends judge him. So how is it possible that Job believes he is not alone? What does Job know about God and His plan?
Nothing. In fact, when Job asks God why, why has this happened to me? God doesn't give Job an answer at all, but rather, a series of questions, namely about His creation of the world:
Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Does the eagle soar at your command..?
Have you ever given orders to the morning?
Hawaii seems no different and its beauty seems to be an answer to the series of questions in Job. If we look at God's creation of Hawaii, we can begin to see a similar pattern:
Beauty crops up in unlikely places. Hawaii, arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, sits atop the peaks of several volcanoes and was formed from destruction and desolation over a quick four million years.
God is patient. Seeds sailed the pacific for years or flew among brave birds until they reached the shore. Palm trees grew and flowers and plants and birds came. And how the island actually became inhabited - the discovery of the island by the Polynesians - is a miracle in itself.
God has a plan - even if we don't understand it. Hawaii was born in fire, and in some places, the fire still burns. Despite its humble beginnings, Hawaii remains one of the most sought after destinations in the world.
After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.
We can’t make sense of everything. God merely asks us to marvel in his handiwork with childlike wonder and trust. He’ll take care of the rest. And, despite everything, we know how the story ends - better, brighter, and more wondrous than it began.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5