It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Kids’ Edition” devotional, so I thought I would share a story for kids—and for all of us—as we look at our Worship Song of the Month Only a Holy God. This story reminds us to get “up-close and personal” with God.
This past summer for our son’s sixteenth birthday, we visited Niagara Falls. My husband David and I had seen the Falls many times, but it was great to be there with our kids—several of whom were experiencing these waterfalls for the first time. A first for all of us was hiking up the side of the American Falls. We donned our ponchos and walked down to the bottom of the Falls.
In my opinion, the Falls are even more beautiful up-close. We touched the mossy rocks, felt the mist spraying us, and reached into the falling water. And looking up, the Falls loomed over us—tall and majestic.
As we walked up the steps next to the Falls, the water at our feet increased and the mist became heavier. Partway up, a landing was set up so that we could try to walk towards and under the Falls—emphasis on “try.” The power of the water pushing us back was amazing, and the rushing sound of the water was overwhelming.
Later that day, our family also got to ride in a giant boat that takes passengers as close as possible to the curve of the Canadian Falls. The closer we got to the Falls, the more the boat was rocked back and forth by gusts of wind, and spray washed over us in waves. At one point, a burst of wind and water knocked us all back so hard and suddenly that everyone on the boat screamed in unison.
Experiences in nature can remind us of the beauty and power of our God, who created everything in the world. And in the same way that getting “up-close” to a natural wonder increases our appreciation of that wonder, we need to get up-close to our holy God to truly know and experience how wonderful he is.
When was the last time you prayed by yourself, not just with your family or in church? When did you last read your Bible? Do you ever sing worship songs when you are alone? I encourage you this week to get “up-close and personal” with God. Find a book of the Bible that interests you, and start to read a chapter each day. Write down a sentence or two about what you read, so that you can hear what God is saying to you. Then take a moment to pray and maybe even sing.
As we sing in our Worship Song of the Month, “Only a Holy God,” God invites us to worship him. So, go ahead—get up-close to our sovereign, beautiful, powerful, and holy God.
“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
“By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:7-8)