Gratitude for the Canvas of God’s Grace

Gratitude for the Canvas of God’s Grace October 10, 2018

Sunbursts through clouds over the ocean delighted me.  My husband, parents, and I sat perfectly situated to watch the canvas of God’s grace.  Colors burst across the sky. Hues changed dramatically as the sun fell towards the horizon.

Mormon Gratitude Ocean sunset

But while the source of light disappeared in a matter of minutes, its impact lingered.

I bounced out of my seat to capture the scene from every available angle.  My heart sang Hillsong United’s

I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You, so will I.

Mormon Gratitude October Sunset

I felt an infusion of joy bubbling up and out. I felt blissful happiness in that moment. I finally realized that, actually, I felt gratitude.  I felt so much gratitude for the Creator and Giver of all things.

I felt the care in coordinating water, land, sky, and sun for its daily glorious testimony.  The wind on my skin reminded me of the care in coordinating my own creation. The light danced in my eyes. The gentle waves spoke of peace.

We leisurely walked along the lagoons until the last remnant of the day’s glory slipped beyond the horizon.

Mormon Gratitude Palm trees in sunset

 

In that moment and sense of awesome wonder, I worshipped—because gratitude is an action word.

 

Mormon Gratitude Sunset at Ko'OlinaGod of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time
With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light
And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star
A signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I
God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice
And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I
So will I
So will I
If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times
God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die
And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I
Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind
Songwriters: Joel Houston / Benjamin Hastings / Michael Fatkin
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  • Desirée Bushman Johnson

    This reminds me of the time I was on my mission and first saw the ocean so we pulled over to stare for a moment. Right then we saw dolphins swimming by! It was amazingly perfect timing and I felt Gods love and so much gratitude. Gratitude really makes you happy

  • Delisa Hargrove

    That is an awesome memory!!!! And what a gorgeous spot to see dolphins at!! Gratitude really does make you happy.