God’s Extravagance

The Crater Lake on Mount Ruapehu

Yesterday was the most jaw dropping amazing day ever, for me.

We climbed Mount Ruapehu (one of the “world’s most active volcanos” and the highest mountain on New Zealand’s North Island), and explored the peaks and glaciers around the crater lake.

I can’t describe how epic it was, and the photos and video we took don’t do it any justice.

On top of the mountain I was almost sad that most people wouldn’t get to see the sights I was seeing, but so grateful that I got to see God’s handiwork.

Isn’t it amazing the things God makes that will never be seen?

Mount Ruapehu in winter. (Photo by Antoine Hubert / flickr.)

The other day my little brothers were watching Bear Grylls, and I saw a bit where he came across a beautiful flower in the jungle. He called it nature’s extravagance and talked about how God places beautiful things out there that no one will ever see.

There’s no scarcity with God. He can make beautiful things out in the wild that no one will ever know about, and it doesn’t deplete His supplies at all.

In church today it helped me worship God when I thought about the mountain. It was majestic, and awe inspiring, and in a way powerful. Yet God made it so easily. He spoke it into existence. Its complexity pales compared to some things He’s made and the things He’s done.

Some cultures worship mountains. But we worship the mountain breather.1

God didn’t need to make the mountain, but He loves to show us His glory. And in days to come He’s going to show us much more.

Thank you Lord for amazing us!

  1. To rephrase Louie Giglio. []

3 thoughts on “God’s Extravagance”

  1. Amen! As I was walking down Tongariro yesterday and seeing all those large rocks the volcano had thrown out made me think “Wow my God is powerful – and this mountain is only a tiny, tiny demonstration of what he’s capable of!” I’m so glad to serve this true and powerful God who is mighty to save!

  2. Yay! A blog post AND a picture of the mountain! : -D

    Reminds me of Job 26:14. “Lo, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him? but the thunder of His power who can understand?”

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