1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
This was never clearer to me than sitting on a hill in Rwamagana Rwanda watching a group of 6 to 9 year olds play with beach balls. We were there to participate in a vacation bible school for the younger students that attended the school during the regular school year. They had never seen a beach ball before but quickly caught on to the concept of keeping it in the air and volleying multiple balls from one side to the other. I sat down for a moment to catch my breath and take in my surroundings. There was joy and laughter that rang through the hills surrounding the Kigali Christian School. Beyond the hedge that outlined the property was a banana field on one side and farmland to the rear. Goats ran freely up and down the roads. While the parents worked in the fields, their children poked their heads through the hedge that outlined the property. You could tell they wanted to be included in the fun. While we sang songs and recited bible verses, the children watching us soaked it in. I have no doubt they went home singing about Jesus.
The leaders of the VBS would burst into song and sang many of the same praise songs I knew. As we lifted different words to the same tune, I had a picture of eternity and how every nation, tribe, and tongue would bow before Jesus. He would understand us all no matter what language we spoke. The words merged in perfect harmony lifting up as incense before the throne of God. I knew He was pleased!
After the classes ended and all the students had been dismissed, we did a prayer walk covering every inch of the campus asking God to continue to bless Rwanda, their school, the students—anything that came to mind. Again, there were different languages lifted in prayer but we were crying out to the same God. We were united as one Body with many parts.
I’ve always heard the term, “God’s Country.” As I traveled to the other side of the world, I was able to see and experience the reality that it is ALL His and the vastness of what He has created. Each country is unique and has a beauty of its own.
Lord, there are times the beauty of your creation is overwhelming and we can do nothing but sit and gaze at your glory. There is such a variety of plants, birds, wildlife, and people—each unique to its own environment, each created to praise you. Thank you for sharing it with us. In Jesus name, Amen