A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say?
The Banker would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets.
The Government would say that the glass is fuller than if the opposition party were in power.
The Opposition would say that it is irrelevant because the present administration has changed the way such volume statistics are collected.
The Economist would say that, in real terms, the glass is 25% fuller than at the same time last year.
The Philosopher would say that, if the glass was in the forest and no one was there to see it, would it be half anything?
The Psychiatrist would ask, “What did your mother say about the glass?”
The Physicist would say that the volume of this cylinder is divided into two equal parts; one a colorless, odorless liquid, the other a colorless, odorless gas. Thus the cylinder is neither full nor empty. Rather, each half of the cylinder is full, one with a gas, one with a liquid. *
Whether a glass is half empty or half full, there’s nothing like crystal clear water to satisfy our thirst; and I (Dawn) am so thankful that God blessed our planet with rivers, lakes, oceans … beautiful bodies of water that serve so many purposes in our lives.
As Pam posted photos to Facebook recently of her time in beautiful, exhilarating Alaska ~ especially the gorgeous scenes where she had her quiet time with God (I love this one of her reading LOL with God), I couldn’t help but think of the three years I lived in Iceland during high school ~ a place that is, in at least one way, much like Alaska. It gets cold!
Iceland’s official first day of summer is at the end of April, even though Icelanders won’t see higher temperatures until June or even July. My favorite time of year there was summer, when the sun was visible for almost 24 hours of each day. I remember playing softball outside at 3:00 am! If I were there now, I’d be covering my bedroom windows with aluminum foil so I could sleep in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”
It is a “land of frost and fire” with volcanoes, hot springs, and active geysers alongside glaciers, making this country one of the most unusual in the Atlantic. One of the most beautiful natural features of Iceland is its waterfalls. They are among Europe’s most powerful, magnificent falls.
My favorite waterfall ~ though not the most beautiful or the tallest ~ was the chilly Öxarárfoss near the Almannagjá rift valley, where the Vikings met for their parliament meetings at Þingvellir (pronounced Thing-vet-lur). We placed six-packs of Coca-Cola in the icy water at the bottom of the falls where the overflow was so pure. We leaned over near the water’s edge, cupped our hands, and drank in the refreshing water ~ so cold and clean.I remember thinking, “This is the most “living” water I’ve ever tasted!” I felt so alive and energized after drinking it.
Those who ventured to the falls during more chilly months, when part of the falls froze over and there was only a couple of hours of sunlight each day, might be blessed to see the colorful Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis) dancing in the sky. Though I did not know the Lord as my Savior at that time, those Northern Lights so often reminded me of the splendor of creation, and the majesty of the Creator.
I think it’s sad that we get so accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the cities … twinkling city lights and neon signs … and we don’t get away enough to see the incredible handiwork of God in nature.
We learn of God from His Word, but He also speaks to us of His power, creativity, and sometimes even his humor (think, platypus duck) from the wide range of things that He created for us to enjoy.
Just a few scriptures about the glories of creation and our Creator God:
- “O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your possessions [creatures]” (Psalm 104:24).
- “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD….” (Psalm 96:11-13a).
- “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork…. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory” (Psalm 19:1; 97:6).
And as I thought about my special waterfall, I remembered this scripture about the water that is like none other, true “living” water:
- “[Jesus said], ‘Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life'” (John 4:13-14)
Unlike in Iceland (which is already into summer), our summer in the USA is almost here. Friends, you may need to work this summer, but do take time for the wonder of nature. Go to the mountains, or a beach, or a tall forest, or at least a beautiful lake or park or garden. Breathe in some fresh air, clear your mind from the hassles of your day, and allow God to relax you in His creative masterpiece.
And as you go, take time to pray. Take time to worship.
The Lord has provided so much for us to enjoy. DRINK IT IN!