Have you ever known someone who puts tremendous effort into making her home a place of warmth and beauty? I know many people like this…my friend, Amy, and my daughter, Bethany just to name two. I’ve known these gals to wander flea markets and craft stores for hours…no, sometimes weeks looking for just the right thing to fit in a cozy little corner needing special attention. These women are driven by more than creativity though…they are driven by love. I know this, because I’ve asked them 🙂 They take such delight in watching the stress of the day fall off faces of friends and loved ones as they come through the door. They do it for the love.
I caught a glimpse of God in Amy’s house when I noticed a delicate sand dollar ingeniously fixed to the wall by a tiny paper clip. God is infinitely concerned with the little things in our lives. “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered…” (Matthew 10:30 NIV). I caught a glimpse of God when Bethany refurbished an old window frame into a beautiful wall-hanging. God is also in the business of making all things new. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
God was the first one to take delight in creating the perfect environment for the ones He loves. Way back in the beginning, God spoke the world and all its beauty into being. Can’t you just imagine the look on His face as He stood back observing it all? Genesis 1 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31 NIV). I wonder if He pictured us gasping in awe as our eyes scan the vastness of an ocean horizon for the first… or the fiftieth time.
I think He knew just what we would need at the end of a long winter, so he decided to coax the crocus out from under a bed of snow…
and drape long barren trees with beautiful blossoms….
…each a reminder that death doesn’t last forever.
Life gets crazy. Desks, laundry rooms, and hearts can all get piled up real quick-like. Still, in the midst of the chaos, God’s affection for you and me consistently pours forth in breathtaking sunsets…
…and promise of new life.
Pausing to take in His handiwork can make the stress of the day melt away for a moment.
James 1:7 reminds us that “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father…” (NLT). This means that every time we bear witness to something beautiful we are receiving a gift from the hands of our Maker.
Hands that are only and always motivated by love.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
“He who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar–the LORD Almighty is his name” Jeremiah 31:35 NIV