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Topic: Art (01/18/07)
TITLE: God's Paint Brush
By Chris Miller
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Standing beside such wonders of the world as The Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, or the redwoods of California, I cannot resist the feeling that I’m looking at giant postcards. It’s difficult to fathom the enormity and reality of such grandiose subjects. In my finite mind, I can only relate to the replica as opposed to the real McCoy. Maybe that’s part of the problem the apostle John had when taken into heaven to record the events that would transpire in the future. Using the best terminology he had available, he compared the city of God to precious jewels, gold, and crystal.
My imagination at its best can not really comprehend this visual image. I long to see more, but my sight is hindered for now. The verse, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard what God has planned for those who love Him.” takes on relevance in this context. Even if our eyes were to look upon such out-of- this world beauty, in our earthly bodies, it might be impossible to grasp. Perhaps, only in our glorified bodies will we be able to appreciate this level of supreme artistry.
The creative spark flickers and flames within each of us. Artists strive to recapture glorious scenes; art lovers gaze longingly at their paintings. Since God created us with this desire for perfection, our hearts are greatly stirred by these experiences. I believe they represent a prequel for the art appreciation course we will revel in throughout eternity.
Meanwhile, it’s good to praise God for His incredibly artistic creation in the here and now; He made all things for us to enjoy. We, too, are God’s handiwork, since we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made.” How often do we think of ourselves as works of art? Not most days, I venture.
Tomorrow morning, check yourself out in the mirror and thank God that you are created in His image; then set off to work with a spring in your step. Christ, the hope of glory, dwells within you, if you are His child, so let the canvas of your life draw others to Him.
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