I received some great birthday cards this week. A few of them captured gorgeous outdoor scenes and one of the cards was a print of a painting of a rocky mountain gorge with a waterfall and a frothing creek at its base, with an elk lapping water in a quiet pool. As I thought about the picture, I thought about the artist. It occurred to me that every bit of that painting was applied by the artist consciously. From the cloudy sky overhead to the pine covered slope on one side and the bare rock cliffs on the other...to the falling water, the white water, the grassy area in the foreground and the thirst quenching elk...If the artist hadn't applied the paint the picture wouldn't have been complete. It must have taken days to finish this painting. The artist could not have rushed...it took concentration, a sense of vision, skill with color and a gift for blending light into the scene. Then I thought of our Creator and the effort He made to fashion this living canvas that we walk across each day! We are surrounded by His artwork and He even painted us into the picture. He has not rushed, and with purpose and skill and a great sense of the impact of light...He has painted a gorgeous picture. And every stroke of His brush and every dab of paint and every creature who walks is necessary to complete the scene.
Psalm 96:6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.