When the Lord Plies His Paintbrush

I wish I knew how to take my own pictures and post them on this blog. I would’ve had something very fine for you today.

Today we have a dark, rainy, windy day, but I had occasion to go out in it. And as I was driving home from the store, I saw something which moved me to cry out, “Oh! Oh, beautiful!”

They were nothing out of the ordinary–just red maple trees. But during the week that had passed since I last went that way, they’d all been dressed in their full fall foliage, bright crimson, interspersed with a few trees now wearing gold. Their beauty took me utterly by surprise, as if I were seeing them for the very first time.

That’s when it’s a good time to say a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. Who but God the Creator could have painted this scene? And here it was given to me, an unexpected gift.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead…” (Romans i:20)

We can’t see the invisible things of God, but we can see His handiwork, His art: it’s all around us, everywhere we look.

This is indeed my Father’s world.

3 comments on “When the Lord Plies His Paintbrush

  1. It is indeed a marvellous creation God has given us to live in, even though it too is subject to the curse because of Adam’s sin. I cannot even begin to imagine what a redeemed and renewed creation will look like! I have tried to teach my children to always see the beauty of nature and now do the same with my granddaughter. She has started to point out the beautiful things she sees, whether a flower, butterfly, clouds or whatever it is, “that Jesus made”, she says. She just turned six, and it gives me such pleasure to know that she is seeing God’s creative genius in the things around her. If a child can see it, those who refuse to acknowledge the Creator truly has no excuse…

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