Through an unusual set of circumstances, my family got to go see a fireworks show this past weekend. The pyrotechnic expert works with my husband and he wanted as many people as possible to be there. I’ve seen dozens of fireworks shows over the years, in big cities and small towns, at the beach and in the mountains, from parks and riverbanks. This one was different.
A fireworks show in October is a unique opportunity. Then throw in the fact that the 30-minute, professionally done show was taking place at someone’s residence. (But not in town.) Then factor in how close we got to be, and it made for spectacular viewing. The colors were brighter. The booms were louder. We could feel the flash of heat from the ground displays. The aerial bursts filled up the sky so that it was impossible to take in the whole pattern. At times the showers of light reached the ground like a giant umbrella before burning out and fading away.
Thinking about the show the next morning, I saw some valuable insights in those puffs of halides and nitrates.
God wants us to see His great works. Ephesians 2 explains that He wants to reveal the riches of His mercy to us, to as many people as possible. He puts His handiwork on display all around us and in us.
God can be seen at unplanned, unexpected times. Sure, we expect to hear from God on Sunday mornings, or during a quiet moment, or even during a crisis. Seeing Him at work at where we never thought to look brings a new delight, and new confidence and reassurance.
God is even more awesome up close. The more we learn about God, His power, His works and His ways, the more awesome He becomes. The worship we offer is more vital, our response is more genuine and our faith is stronger as we become more intimate with God.
Where have you seen God at work?