All of Creation, a Special Gift

Cut out names by Dick Blom

The division of domestic labor in our home includes me doing the dusting. I’m not complaining, Diann is willing to clean the bathrooms. A couple of items I dust on our bookshelf are gifts, our names, David & Diann, cut out of wood with a jigsaw years ago by Diann’s Dad. I suppose you could order similar wood crafted names on Amazon, through Etsy, or some other source, but it wouldn’t be special like the ones made for us by my father-in-law. I dust them with care!

I suspect you have similar personal items gifted to you that are irreplaceable. However, it’s not only these personal items that we’d grab first in case of a house fire that we should consider special. On a whole other level everything around us is special, for it’s all a gift from God!

When we enjoy a painting our affection goes beyond the paint-covered canvas to the artist who created it. What if we knew the artist and the artist knew us and had given us the painting to enjoy? The painting would be beyond putting a price on it! Such are all the good things which surround us, all gifts from God.

I sip my morning cup of coffee, thankful for God creating the coffee beans and providing me the means to purchase and brew them. I drive my car, grateful for the financial resources God has provided so that I have a car. I come back home after hours of going here, there, and back again, and am thankful I have a place He has provided for me to come back to. I view a sunset, believing it’s more than light’s spectrum being configured by atmosphere and clouds to create the amazing colors. I see God the artist at work, using the sky for a canvas, light as His brush, and His principles of light refraction as the pigment to create the brilliant array of colors, all to give me, and anyone else watching, delight.

God’s artistry and gifts abound all around us. Life is crowded with His gifts!

To be sure, there’s much in life that’s not good. But even in the darkest of times the light of God and His good gifts can shine upon us. William Cowper lived with debilitating depression but was a strong believer in God. In 1773 he wrote a famous hymn titled “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” in which he penned these words, “Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.”

We have a choice. We can believe that all that exists in the universe is here by mindless chance with no plan or purpose to it and that we humans are but microscopic creatures on a particle of dust floating about in the vast cosmos. Or we can believe that it’s all here, including us, by God’s plan, and that ours is a universe crowded with His gifts for us; gifts for which to be thankful, to use for His glory, for the good of others, and to personally enjoy!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

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