God and a Great Salt Lake
“The Lord of hosts has sworn: "As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.”
Isaiah 14:24 ESV
“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27 ESV
From the top of the scrubby, rock laden, dusty ridge I scanned the view before me, a blue-green
mineral-filled lake lay to my left, while amber colored grasses rustled on my right. Buffalo basked in the sun. Sea gulls danced in the wind. Not one thing I saw could be made or controlled by man.
It was all God’s, and he could do whatever He wanted with it. A lake with an incoming water source was denied an outlet and in the process an environment rich in minerals became home to brine, gulls, buffalo and antelope. God made it that way. He planned it. He created it. He did it.
Could man do that?
No. Not one bit of it. Not at all.
The words of Isaiah confirm what nature reveals to us, “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27 ESV
As I made my way down the narrow hiking trail, I couldn’t help but whisper a prayer of praise to the Creator of the wonder before me. I was once more reminded of how small the works of man are compared to the vast and powerful works of God. My heart was filled with the awe of his creation and humbled by my place within it. I felt like I was with a celebrity saying to those around me, "I'm with him."
When God decides to do something He does it. I can take comfort in the fact that nothing can thwart his plans. If he wants to create a lake of salt, he does. No one can tell him otherwise.
He is sovereign.
He is in control.
And He loves me.
I may not understand all that he does, but I can trust in the fact that He knows what he is doing and has the power to get all that He purposes done.
Between a husband, 2 sons, and teaching high school my sanity is found in running and Starbucks. I have a circle of running friends who inspire me to be authentic and real as I live a life of faith before them.