Crossing the bridge and climbing the hill toward home, I wish for the perfect camera and a photographer’s skilled eye to capture well the expanse of blue filling my windshield. A beautiful world, accented with yellow forsythia in spring, in summer with rugosa roses, with maple leaves aflame in fall, and by sparkling white in winter, every season catches my breath, but the sky itself is the star of the production and a perennial reinforcement of Psalm 19:1:
The heavens declare the glory of God,Psalm 19:1
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
The blue-sky view coming to me in all four seasons through laminated auto glass declares the glory of God. It is the work of his hands.
Does beauty make a difference? Does the gorgeous blue sky impact the way I relate to God and others every day? What can I infer about God from our beautiful world?Tweet
But when push comes to shove (and it always seems to!) does beauty make a difference? Does the gorgeous blue sky impact on the way I relate to God and to others every day? I think so. Here’s why…
What Can I Infer from our Beautiful World?
Scripture grants permission for me to intepret nature, because the biblical writers do it, too. David was clearly looking up when the first notes and lyrics of Psalm 8 first came to his creative mind.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,Psalm 8:3-4
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”
His words are a poetic “Wow,” and a firm reassurance that though I may feel small or that I pale in grandeur by comparison to the sky and God’s great heavens, he is mindful of me. God is not sorry that he went to the trouble of creating you and me–even though our obedience is far less impressive than the structured and orderly movement that characterizes the heavenly realm.
Lesson one from our beautiful world: God has a universe to run, but nonetheless, he pays attention to you! He thinks you are great!
Lesson two from our beautiful world: God is Greater!
When faithful Job had had enough of his friends’ eloquent prescriptions and had begun to toss his own questions God’s way, God responded not with answers, but with a curriculum vitae highlighting his creative work in the animal kingdom, in the sea, and in the sky. God numbers the clouds, and it is his voice that calls rain and lightening from their depths.
God made the universe. It does not contain him, and, like Job, I may discover that the questions I bring to God find their non-answers in God’s majesty and his divine prerogative to do what he deems best.
Our beautiful world is an invitation to awe, for the truth is that the God who created the vast expanse of blue invites you to bring your hard questions, your feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm right on into his presence. I don’t understand it, either, but, somehow, there is room in God’s great heart for me, and there’s room for you, too.
Let’s join the sky in declaring his glory!
P.S. Next week the Morin clan will be gathering here on the hill to celebrate our youngest son’s marriage. In order to be fully present to that, I’m going to pull the shades and hang a “Gone Fishin'” sign here at Living Our Days. I’ll be off social media, and there won’t be any new posts here until July 25th when I’ll be back with a Sunday Scripture post–and wedding pictures, obviously! Thanks so much for your eyes here and for the encouragement of your friendship.
God made the universe. It does not contain him, and, like Job, I may discover that the questions I bring to God find their non-answers in God’s majesty and his divine prerogative to do what he deems best.Tweet
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