Friday, November 15, 2013
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”
“This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we--even our poets and musicians and inventors--never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have materials to build from. All we can know about the act of creation must be derived from what we can gather about the relation of the creatures to their Creator" ― C.S. Lewis, (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer)
Scripture Text: (WIS 13:1-9)
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less;
For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
Great artists don’t just sculpt and paint randomly. Many have a signature style that alert viewers can identify. Most artists also have something they want to say through their work. It may be social commentary. It may be new insights into the human condition. It may be the feeling of peace they want to communicate as they paint lush landscapes. Whatever it is, artists are communicators, not just painters or sculptors.
Do you know who is the greatest artist of all time? God, that’s who. Our heavenly Father has put his signature style, his indelible mark, on every facet of creation. The tiniest blade of grass and the most majestic mountain view—every thing he has created speaks its own powerful message to those who have eyes to see.
So how about taking a “field trip” as part of your prayer time today? Step outside, and admire the beauty around you. If you can’t get outside right now, use your imagination instead. Allow your senses to take in the sights, the sounds, and the smells all around you. And listen closely. What is the Lord of creation saying to you?
Posted by Joe Reciniello at 6:44 AM