The creator leaves his mark on his creation

Behind every piece of artwork, musical instrument, song, tree, mountain and person there is a creator. The more complex the creation the more we can learn about the creator behind it.

Take Raphael’s Sistine Madonna for example:

What can you learn about Raphael from just looking at his artwork? What kind of thoughts do you think dominated his mind? Why do you think he chose to be a painter? Do you think he spent much time learning to paint? How did he perceive Jesus and Mary? I hope you took a couple minutes to answer some of these questions about the person behind the painting. Look closely at the cherub angels on the bottom of the painting–what do you see in the caricature he portrayed of them? What time in history did he live? What continent did he live on?

What about this recently created painting? Ask yourself the questions from above about the creator of the butterflies painting.

The creator will always leave his mark on his creation.

What can we learn about God by looking at His creation? A good place to start is Genesis 1, the creation account. It appears to me that God has provided all of creation for us to learn about Him from–that is if we are willing to accept that He is the creator of heaven and earth. He tells us that He created light and darkness/heaven and earth, the sky, vegetation and plant life, the sun, moon and stars, birds of the air and fish of the sea, land animals and people. Can’t think of a thing that He didn’t create. Therefore, it stands to reason that we can learn about God by closely looking at just about anything. If we go back far enough, or delve deep enough into our subject, I believe we will be able to learn something about God and/or a Biblical principle. Job 12:7-10 tells us:

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?

I love Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Take a minute to pause and think about it. We can turn to Him in trouble and He will surround us with songs of deliverance.

Consider Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

What can you learn about the creator of this clay lamp used in Bible times? The creator leaves his mark on his creation. The creator used primitive tools to create a functional light. A degree of beauty was attempted through the carving on the lamp, but functionality was of greatest importance to this creator. Paint was not used. Clearly, the creator of this oil lamp was most interested in providing a simple source of light.

Why would you want to know about the creator of an object?

What can someone learn about you by looking at your schoolwork? Your artwork? Your room? Your friendships? What you do in your free time? Do you like what others can learn about you by examining various parts of your life? What small change would you like to make?

Challenge for the Week:

Take 15-20 minutes this week to carefully observe a small portion of creation in nature, a person, the sky or water. Ask God to show you something about Himself in it. Take the time to slow down and think about it. Ask God to reveal something about Himself or a Biblical truth in what you are observing. If you prefer, you could find something that interests you and ask God to teach you about Himself through it. It’s good to ask other people–family, friends, parents, siblings, experts–to help you with this. Or you could do an Internet search or find a book to learn how a thing works and what you can discover about God as a result. Selah.

Here are some ideas to get you going if you need a little boost:

  • Branch, John 15, good branches must be pruned > we must go through trials
  • Tree, Psalm 1, time with God = healthy tree/man
  • Wheat, Jn 12;24, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. > I must die to my selfishness in order to bear much fruit for God.
  • AntsProv. 5:6, Go to the ant you sluggard. Consider her ways and be wise. > they teach us to beware of laziness. This could become a great investigation for anyone.
  • Dog, God gives everyone a companion/friend or Prov. 26:11,“As a dog returns to his vomit, [so] a fool returns to his folly.” > Don’t continue in foolishness.
  • Cow, Gen. 1:26-28, Man is to take dominion over the animals. A cow provides milk, meat, labor and clothing for man.
  • Birds, Mat. 6:26, Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
  • Rose, a beautiful flower yet it has thorns. We must endure trials and hardships before the beauty and aroma of Christ can penetrate our life.
  • Wind, though I cannot see it, I can feel it. An exercise in faith.
  • Water, I have often thought of a drink of water as a special smile from the Lord as He delights in satisfying my thirsty soul.
  • Rainbow, God is light. The rainbow is light broken up into colors. Each color can represent an individual. I have no right to complain if my friend is “blue” and I am “orange.” We need all colors to make up the light.
  • Cat, God likes to give us textures and companions.
  • Horse, God loves grace and beauty.
  • Mountain, Majesty of God; How great thou art!
  • Rock, Jesus is the chief cornerstone

Lord bless and keep you,

Cindy
God’s Fingerprint Detective

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God speaks through Parables, Metaphors and Analogies

God is speaking to us in many ways every day. Today we will look at just 3 ways He communicates with us:

Parables–short stories that are used to teach a truth. For example, the parable of the lost coin in Luke 15:8-9:

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

Metaphors–Something used to represent something else. For example, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God. God isn’t literally a fortress, but when we say that He is a mighty fortress, this phrase conjures up in our minds something big, safe and strong that we can run to and be safe. That’s a pretty good picture of who God is. Other metaphors would be that God is the potter and I am the clay or the Lord is my shepherd and Jesus Himself said that “I am the light of the world.” What other metaphors can you think of?

Analogies–Similarities between things. Luke 13:18-19 Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed

He said therefore, “what is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.

Matthew 7:24-25 tells us that everyone who hears and does what Jesus says will be like a wise man . . .

who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

The reason for this blog is right there in Matthew 7:24-25: so that when the rain falls, the floods come, and the winds blow and beat on you, that you do not fall because you have been built your inner house on the rock of Jesus Christ.

This series of posts are part of a series of lessons titled: Selah: In the Beginning,

סֶלֶה Selah: Pause and calmly think of that. The actual translation is unknown. The word selah occurs 71 times in 39 Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk for a grand total of 74 times in the Hebrew Bible.

Psalm 66:4, All the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; they will sing praises to Your name. Selah.

A challenge for you this week is to think about becoming God’s Fingerprint detective–to understand some of the ways that the earth worships God, and sings praises to Him. We will explore some ways in the weeks ahead. Until next time, may God be gracious to you and bless you, and cause His face to shine upon you–Selah (Ps 67:1).

Cindy
God’s Fingerprint Detective

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