Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Who Am I?

When I look up at your skies,
 at what Your fingers made - 
the moon and the stars 
that You set firmly in place - 
what are human beings that 
You think about them;
what are human beings that 
You pay attention to them?
You've made them only slightly
less than divine,
crowning them with glory and grandeur.

You've let them rule over Your handiwork,
putting everything under their feet -
all sheep and all cattle,
the wild animals too,
the birds in the sky,
the fish of the ocean,
everything that travels 
the pathways of the sea.
Lord, our Lord, 
how majestic is Your name 
throughout the earth!
                                                                                                 Psalm 8:3-9 (CEV)

David wrote this Psalm. He went from a young, humble shepherd-boy, to a mighty warrior, to the King of Israel. He had times when he was hunted, times when he failed and times when he was victorious.

 I'm now taking a Philosophy class on Worldviews. We were assigned to read this Psalm and describe how David's view changed. As I read through Psalm 8, I realized that David's view began as mine often does: in awe and wonder at the world God has created. Even without all the scientific knowledge that we have today on the universe and its vastness, David knew that it was greater than what he could even begin to imagine. That wonder at the world, the heavens and all the intricacies of the species and inhabitants of earth would make anyone wonder how God could begin to take notice of one as small and finite as man.

But I believe he makes a turn when he realizes that in all of what God did create, the vastness of creation that makes us feel so minute, God created man just a little lower than the angels.

 “You’ve made them only slightly less than divine, 
crowning them with glory and grandeur.
 (Psalm 8:5 CEV). 

God created us in His image to rule and reign over all else that He created. We were not created as just another species, but as children of God . . . almost, but not quite, divine. We are hand crafted from the dust, but it was the breath of God that gave us life.

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground 
and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life . . . “
(Genesis 2:7 AMP).

In the middle of this short Psalm, David went from asking "Who am I? I'm just a speck in the universe!" to "Who am I? Why, I am the one God created and put in charge to rule and reign over the earth! I am a child of the King! And I am who I am because God made me this way and put me in this place." 

Who are you? Lift your eyes and look at all that God has created. And as you get lost in the wonder of it all, remember that you are a child of the King! And you are who you are because God made you that way and put you in this place!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Let Me Introduce You....

Getting a family of ten together for a group photo is nearly impossible. With work schedules, school and church activities and some living across the country in college, we had a very small window of opportunity to get together for a picture.

I love my family and I am so proud of all my children. So I'm going to take a little moment here to show them off.

Bear with me...........

Matthew (my eldest) and his wife, Ally
(They're expecting a baby in December)

Ryan (my second) and his wife, Sharaya; their daughter, Allison is 2 1/2 years old.

These are my three youngest children.
Mackenzie is almost 15.
Mitchell is 20 and goes to Lee University in Tennessee.
Rebecca, my only girl, is almost 17.

And then there is the challenge of getting all five of them in one picture. They are a fun bunch!

My husband, Mark and I have been married
29 years as of last Monday.
Our life has certainly been an adventure!

Finally.... all ten of us together.

We are the Ehlert's!

Thank you for letting me introduce you to my family. We are truly blessed!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Contemplation...

There is nothing as daunting to someone who wants to write as a blank page and a blank mind. I don't want to write just for the sake of writing; I do that for school. My goal for this blog has always been to share what God is teaching me and showing me about who He is. So, as I think back on the past few days, weeks and months,  I contemplate on how He has revealed Himself to me:

"Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed."  
Isaiah 49:23

 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." 
Psalms 147:3

"For the battle is not yours, but God's." 
2 Chronicles 20:15

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalm 91:1

"I, even I, am He who comforts you."
Isaiah 51:12

"I will lie down and sleep in peace
for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
Psalm 4:8

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in You."
Isaiah 26:3

This is my God...
          my hope,
                my sustainer,
                      my comfortor,
                            my healer,
                                  my peace,
                                        my mighty warrior,
                                             ... the One I can trust.