Date: Monday, April 21
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-31
Verse: God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
It amazes me how art critics can look at a work and know from subtle details whether the work in genuine or not. The artist, often inadvertently, leaves evidence of herself in her work. The way they hold the brush or chisel, details they include or leave behind, can all be clues to who the artist is. This is true in the artwork which is our created world. The artist, God, has left behind a part of himself, and many people, even those with no particular faith story, sense his presence when they allow themselves to be immersed in God’s handiwork.
There is something about being outdoors that can bring us into an experience with God. Some hike, some jog, some camp, some cycle, some fish or hunt, some just like to sit outside in the back yard, and regardless of the activity, many report it being the place they feel closest to God. Some churches have become so aware of this, they are careful to use lots of natural imagery in their projections during worship, knowing many experience those images as deeply spiritual. On the one hand, it makes me wonder why people don’t find God as well in other places. On the other, it makes perfect sense, because even when we are unaware of it, we get a sense of the Creator when we are enjoying his creation.
Genesis 1 is a beautiful story, which is often distorted by arguments that totally miss the point. This is not intended to be a scientific text, nor is it simply an etymological myth. It is a beautiful story about a relationship — God’s relationship with his creation, including you and me. It also reminds us that in this good gift, we can see glimpses of the artist himself.
Prayer: Thank you God for making yourself known to me in your created world. Amen.
Action: Enjoy the outdoors today.
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