Friday, September 9, 2016

End Your Week Well - Master Craftsman

Do you ever have one of those moments that makes you pause and listen, head tilted to the East ... straining ... Jesus, is that You? I had one of those last week.


Usually I feel closest to God in the early morning hours when the crickets are still, the frogs have quieted the croaking, and the sky itself seems to be holding its breath. The thin line between night and dawn. My favorite time of day. Everything is new ... hope is mounting ... yesterday is well on its way into long term memory or forgetfulness.

But this morning winked so glorious that I paused to listen for trumpets before dashing outside with my camera.

"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." 
- Revelation 11:15b
And in looking through my lens I wondered that some mornings must be captured ... some are too brilliant to look at with anything other than my bare eyes ... and some pass almost unnoticed. And I was awed that God ... unchanging, timeless God who can simply speak things into being ... gives us such diversity. Not only of mornings ... of everything. His craftsmanship is unending.



This week is our first week of homeschooling, and we start the day with Bible. And we start at the beginning. God spoke and light and dark separated ... the seas and the air became separate entities ... and then look at what He does on the third day:

"...plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them ... let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be fore signs and for seasons and for days and for years ..." 
- Genesis 1:12 and 14

 At last count, almost THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND plant species have been discovered. That's not including the over ONE AND A HALF MILLION fungi and algae species! And if you're like me and enjoy a little time on the microscope ... whole worlds exist in complicated, beautiful mechanisms in each cell that keep that plant alive. Stoma to open and close to release or retain water. Chlorophyll to make energy from sunlight. DNA to code for what kind of cell it is going to be, how it is going to work, to tell the next generations of plant how to be that plant.



Humans are remarkably clever, but we cannot create like this. He could have kept things so simple ... He could have spoken the entire world as we know it into being in one word. Instead, the words of Genesis weave a tapestry of motion and change ... of a God reaching down into the dirt and breathing life into the pinnacle of creation and declaring it VERY good.

He handpicked craftsmen in the desert to build His tabernacle ... His temporary dwelling place. One of the downfalls of the climax of human achievement will be the loss of art:

"And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer;" 
- Revelation 18:22

The Lord is a craftsman. He enjoys beauty. He created us to enjoy beauty and He displays it for us every day. Sometimes we have to look hard to see it, and sometimes it calls us outside through the windows.

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