“The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
more majestic than the waves of the sea,
majestic on high is the Lord!” – Psalm 93:3-4
The sight and sound of water bring peace to my mind… I can think of few more pleasant ways to fall asleep than listening to crashing waves on the beach or a gurgling mountain stream. Yet water and the ocean are not always so peaceful. I recall seeing the aftermath of one New England storm that dumped feet of sand and strew boulders across lawns, and seeing houses on Cape Cod washed into the ocean overnight. Houstonians, too, know well the damage that a flood or hurricane can bring, and in the news we cannot escape stories of floods, storms, tsunamis, and other disasters around the world. Today, as a geologist, I am regularly reminded of the violent role of water in shaping much of nature’s beauty. It is storms that shape the coast-line and
erosion from repeated floods that create canyons and valleys.
The might of a flood or a storm on the ocean can be terrible, yet water and its power are essential to life, and God always restores peace and beauty. Psalm 93 praises God for his majesty that is so much greater than any such terrors. It reminds me of the greatness of God’s power, the peace, beauty and happiness He desires for us, and that God’s might can overcome the chaos and terror that so often surround us.
Pete has been attending St. Stephens Episcopal Church since moving to Houston in 2011. He is a reader at the 8:30 service, and a regular participant in Kadosh Adult Formation, for which he served on the leadership team last year. He is active in the Parents of Young Children group and is on the St. Stephens Endowment Board.