I do love to watch the competition cooking shows and a Design Star show, where interior decorators compete to have their own show! Oh how I would love to be able to envision something beautiful and put it in paint on a canvas and I would love to be a wonderful interior designer, but growing up in parsonages where the furniture had been picked out by a group of women looking for the cheapest things they could find doesn’t give you anything to draw from. When we first moved to Atlanta and into our first real home, mother took a big cardboard box and put a nice cloth over it to use as an end table in the living room. She bought a nice, but very cheap, lace tablecloth at JC Penny for the dining room table. One day a very prestigious lady came to visit. A little side note here: when you are in a preacher’s family, people who are rich, business executives, smart, etc., will come to your house because they “understand” your being poor. Sometimes they would even offer to “help” you by giving you a lamp or offer you a last season’s dress, because you deserve it! If that came across bitter, it was not, honestly! God always took care of us, and people only act out what they know from life experience, right? Back to the lace tablecloth; As the lady sat at the table she fingered the edge of the cloth and said to her equally snobbish friend, “I can tell good lace when I see it, this came straight from France!” You talk about having to fight the urge to speak up, but, even though I was a teen at the time, I would have gotten a severe punishment! I kept my mouth shut!
All that to say: I really admire someone who can put things together well, they must have picked up that gene from their Dad’s gene pool, after all, He designed all the world! Genesis 1: 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, and an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. He didn’t stop there; he made a beautiful garden and filled it with all types of colorful plants and flowers, trees, animals and finally a type of Himself, Man. He designed us so perfectly, blood, cells, organs that work together, skin that stretches and contracts, bones that support us, and when we cut our self or break a bone…we HEAL!
I was driving on the EW this evening and the sky was so beautiful I just wanted to stop traffic and look. The pink streaks, clouds, the dark clouds on the other side with the sun shining from behind giving the most beautiful silver lining! Have you ever seen a rainbow? It is only the reflection of light on water drops, yet He chose this beautiful work of art as a sign to us! So when I see humans putting together colors and swatches of material, making a beautiful room from something un-beautiful, I can see the Father in them.
Psalm 8 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble. I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps. God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world Oh Lord, MY Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! PRAISE HIM!