When….

 

When was the last time you opened a new package of crayons or paints?  The anticipation of using these implements.  The smell of the item fresh from the packaging.

When was the last time you created visual art?  What medium did you use?

When was the last time you considered creation?

The beauty and majesty of a sunset…

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The fine details of a flower and how it knows just when to bloom….

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The beauty of the human form responding to music….

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God created it all including us, on purpose, for a purpose.  Lean into the purpose and find the beauty you were meant to be.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14

 

 

 

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Let Your Light Shine

We see evidence of recycling and repurposing things every day.  There are many people driving around these vehicles collecting all manner of “trash”.  They sort and sell what they can to provide for their families.

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Recently I noticed a wall where the builder had creatively used broken glass to add protection at the top of a wall.

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Now bottles that weren’t broken would be sold back to a place that bottles drinks or possibly repurposed in a way that actually uses the bottle to hold something.  And yet in this application, the broken bottle gets a new life, a purpose beyond what the bottle maker may have imagined.

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Not so with our creator, He created us with a purpose in mind.  Sometimes with free will we head off in a direction that isn’t within the will of our creator.  When that happens, we are often broken and humbled so that we can see the Father’s will for our lives.

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Our calling and purpose is to reflect the love of the Son…like the glass on the wall reflects the light of the sun.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” – Matthew 5:16

Seeing God’s Love in Your Surroundings

Have you ever looked up in the sky and seen a cloud in the shape of a heart?  Or maybe in the springtime you’ve seen an image like this….

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Isn’t it awesome how the momma hen is created to know how to care for her young?

When I saw this image below, I had to snap a pic.  I noticed the heart immediately.  Upon closer inspection, the heart shape is broken out of an egg shell.

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That got me thinking about how the egg shell must be broken in order for the new life (baby chick) to emerge.  Much like our old self must be broken before our new life in Christ can occur.  And isn’t that a picture of the greatest love of all?!?!?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Finding God’s Hand in the Everyday Stuff

I’m always amazed by creation.  The idea that God is so BIG and VAST and yet has the creativity and wisdom to deal in the minute details.  The color, the shape, the way the flower moves with the elements.  It is stunning really….

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This flower is a symbol to me.  A symbol of beauty, grace, and perfection in creation.  But then the storms come or we are rooted up and transplanted or we are cut down and used for entertainment by others.  And yet, God is there, he is with us and he sees.  He is able to take the broken and make it beautiful.

And then, I am grateful, that even in the midst of brokenness and imperfection, I am perfected in Christ.