Thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment!
Hammer Creek is one of the good streams running through my life. I trail-ran along its banks this morning, picking my way over the red sandstones and oak roots and sloughing through a thick carpet of fallen leaves. I ran for about 45 minutes and then did a little cool-down, finally coming to rest again by the edge of the creek. I sat up on a sandstone outcrop and enjoyed the water going by. It’s been so frigid these last two weeks and everywhere that a rock jutted up above water level, ice had started to form. Somehow, some why, the little eddies around the rocks had frozen first. It looked strange, these isolated islands sticking out of the water like little Saturns with rings formed from ice.
Water is an astonishing substance. Never mind it slakes your thirst after a run; unlike most other liquids, just before it freezes, it expands and gets lighter and rises to the surface. This may not impress you at first dash but, in effect, it means that very few bodies of water will freeze solid all the way through. Life is permitted to continue unimpeded below the layers of ice. Additionally, this strange property allows the sun’s warmth direct access to the ice ensuring a more efficient thaw when temperatures rise again in the spring. This hastens our getting on with really important activities like fishing and swimming and floating small paper boats.
His wisdom is matchless. I praise Him for it!
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.