God’s Masterpiece

IMG_20141028_214945Masterpiece:    “Something (as a work of art) that is a great achievement and often its creator’s greatest achievement <Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are often considered to be his masterpieces”                   Miriam Webster

Everyday God paints another masterpiece and every day I am still amazed!

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them Genesis 1:27

After every word of creation God looked at what was completed and saw that it was good…but He wasn’t done yet. He spoke light from darkness but He wasn’t satisfied. He created the oceans and the sky but had more to still do. He created then the dry land and filled it with forests and orchards but like in the infomercial we can almost hear an angel call out  “Wait there’s more!”. Next, God filled the sky with stars and placed the sun and moon exactly where he chose. God began the following day by filling the oceans with fish and the land with animals. When God had finished His creation of the entire universe He still wasn’t done. He had not yet created His masterpiece. Everything that had flowed from the mind of God came into existence by the power of His word. But in His last work God did something differently. This time God breathed Himself into His “greatest achievement” .

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

Maybe today while we are blindly running along we should pause and look closely at one of God’s masterpieces and consider His motive behind that most familiar verse of all…

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16

Hiding Place

There are some small ponds so well hidden they seem to be only known to God, the snapping turtles and frogs.What shields this small slice of land from human invasion is not so much its remoteness but its quiet unique location. Standing just 100 feet away you would ever know of its existence. No matter the dryness of the season its natural springs constantly fill again and again this tiny corner of the lower field.  Our quiet place where we rest in the presence of our Father needs to be the same. The press and constant noise of this world would crowd out and drain away our relationship with God if it could. We need to guard that quiet time and treasure the quiet Hiding place of His presenceIMG_4891e because only there will we discover endless springs of heavenly water. This pond is a reminder to me of God’s invitation for a moment…the heavenly Selah Pause and consider deeply the value of what has just been spoken to our hearts.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7