Majesty vs. Mania

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4)

There have been some stages along my journey with bipolar when I’ve done rather well. We often tried to squeeze in something special for the family during these times. On one such occasion, we rented an RV and took a trip through various New England states, winding up in Maine at Acadia National Forest.

The scenery at Acadia is breath-taking. On a morning walk, I discovered a clearing in the woods. I did my devotionals sitting in the crag of some large stones while watching the sun rise over the mountain top. It was awe-inspiring. Wonderful. Humbling.

Unfortunately, this majestic setting was not able to keep my self-absorbed – and absorbing mania from striking. I began to rapidly cycle. This put a serious damper on the trip. Still, nothing could take away from the beautiful creation we were able to experience. In spite of my radical mood swings, it was a vacation to remember.

God gives us amazing things to keep our hearts and minds looking outward, toward the LORD. Even when our Self gets in the way, God keeps calling us onward to see the beautiful sights ahead. The challenge is to resist the inward pull that tries to rob us of our appreciation for the ways of God, and to let go of all within us that distracts us from delighting in the LORD of all creation.

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