Having lived in the Phoenix area for the past 24 years, my wife, Lynda, and I recently made Kingman our new home. Though only a few weeks have passed, we feel very much at home here.
We have a loving new family among the congregation of Oak Street Baptist Church (where I now serve as pastor), and we have found the residents of Kingman to be quite friendly and receptive.
Though Phoenix is an oasis in the desert, it is nonetheless desert. However, the low desert of Phoenix is much different than the high desert of Kingman. We have come to appreciate and greatly enjoy the cooler evenings and the close proximity of the surrounding mountains. The rugged terrain is absolutely beautiful, and actually contrasts against itself with a distinctively different view everywhere you look. Each time we go for a drive, I see something I haven't seen before. I feel like a child on an exciting new adventure.
When I behold the beauty of the mountains with their many shades of red and brown, I am reminded of the creativity and diversity of God. Whether you believe that the mountains were created by erosion from the great deluge and untold centuries of watershed, or created by the spoken Word of God, there is no doubt in my mind that God was at work in their making. He simply said: "Let there be" ... and it was so.
The psalmist declared: "You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever, You covered it with the deep as a garment; the waters stood above the mountains." (Psalm 104:5-6)
Like the psalmist, I stand in awe of the creativity of God. From the rugged mountains and deep valleys to the majestic Grand Canyon, we can see the hand of God in His painting for us an Arizona landscape of such beauty that thousands of visitors come annually to behold it. The psalmist also wrote: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse of the heavens shows the work of His hands." (Psalm 19:1)
The next time you go out for a leisurely drive, look around you! Study the surrounding scenery. Behold its beauty, and do not take it for granted. Understand that God, the Creator of heaven and earth, made it especially for you to enjoy.
Jerry Dunn is senior pastor at Oak Street Baptist Church at Sixth and Oak streets, downtown. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.