God’s Art

The sun has been out this week and there is something so blissful about a warm sunny day. In the midst of this lovely summer season, there have been difficult stories like dealing with war, losing loved ones, and sicknesses. I ask God a lot, “How much longer does all of this have to go on?” And by a lot, I mean several times a day. It just seems like there are so many sad things happening all the time, everywhere. I am amazed by God’s patience with this world because I don’t have a lot of it when I hear about all this stuff. Even though this world appears to be right full of junk, there is still God. His beauty and generous gifts are everywhere.

I was staring at the hummingbirds yesterday and I stood in wonder of His extraordinary creations. Some of these birds fly all the way from Mexico just to eat at one of my hummingbird feeders and that is just fascinating to me. For me, driving all the way to our nearest city, which is just under two hours, can be such a chore and I have a difficult time staying awake. God made this little bird that can fly over 2000 miles to Maine in a matter of several days just to slurp on my sugar water and that’s pretty cool. 

Everything He creates is infused with such amazing detail that it often blows my mind. He draws every speck of color on the blossoming trees and flowers. He strategically places every hair in beautiful perfection on my cats to make them look stunning. He constructs each of us so meticulously that no two are alike. God loves to create all the marvelous things on Earth and I bet He has a lot of fun doing it too. He takes joy in His creations and ultimately, His glory is on full display for all of us to see. We can get so busy that we don’t notice Him in our surroundings. I give thanks for the smile on my daughter’s face, for the unique relaxing sound of a cat purring, for the delicious scent of a grilled steak, for when I hear my dad perfectly play the piano and so much more.

I give thanks. 

For the big things down to the minuscule things… I give thanks that He even thinks about blessing me. Each of us have been tremendously blessed by God because He gave us Jesus. Plus, in the end, we get to be with Him forever and ever. We can’t even fully imagine how Heaven will look, feel, smell, taste or sound like!! This earth can’t even compare to what is waiting for us on the other side of life. Even if Heaven was solely Jesus and nothing else I would be ecstatic, but I believe God has amazing forever plans for His believers. I believe our souls will be enraptured by what He has built for us. He has a new life already planned out for us and therefore leaving this world doesn’t scare me in the least bit. 

While we are still here in this world, we have to get out there and minister to those who don’t know Him! Ministry takes a lot of work, patience, and love. It takes a small army to run a church or a ministry of any kind. Often, it feels like the army is retreating, and because of this I pray that God will spur the hearts of His people to get back into the fray. Serve God with a pure heart and His presence will never leave you. Even though we could never repay God for the enormous amount of blessings He has gifted us, we can serve Him and be thankful, right? These words are from Jesus – “If anyone serves me, he must follow me. Where I am, there my servant also will be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John‬ ‭12:26‬ 

I hope all of you get to enjoy this summer especially after last year. God bless you and remember to smile because He loves you more.

Guest Writer: Cara

Treasured Hope

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well in the midst of this black fly season. I was determined to get my flower garden set up so I had to wear my jacket with the hood tied tight. They still bit me but my flowers are in the ground. I win. 

I have said more than once that I am so glad that I won’t get bug bites in Heaven. A lot of people say how much they can’t wait for Heaven so that they can see Jesus, family, friends and pets. We can try to imagine how it will all happen and what it will look like when we wake up there. There are movies, books and dreams galore, all trying to depict something that I believe will be so far off from the true Heaven. 

I saw a quote this week that completely stopped me in my tracks:

 “Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you in Heaven as you are to be there?” 

A.W. Tozer

Personally, I have never thought about it from the viewpoint of Jesus. When I think about Heaven, I picture myself running to Jesus and hugging him. I can imagine asking a million questions and being so excited to get the heavenly tour. 

Now, all these words are coming only from me and my heart, so take it with a grain of salt or maybe, please think about it deeply for yourself, but what if when we get to Heaven, Jesus is the one who is running towards us, jumping up and down with joy? Imagine Jesus being the one who is happier to see our face up close and personal. We tend to make it all about us getting to Heaven so we can see Him, but really it is about Jesus. It is about what He did for us when He suffered, died and rose again. He went through hell on earth for us; because of this I can believe that He is passionately counting down the days when all His people will be home with Him, forever. I can envision it like completing an obstacle course. We have to climb walls, crawl through mud pits, delicately walk through sticky situations, balance ourselves through highs and lows, jump over hurdles and then sometimes we veer off the path. Jesus is there to guide, encourage, strengthen, refresh and save us. He gets us through the course of life. Then at the finish line, He is waiting with anticipation of receiving us into His arms. I believe there is a celebration for every soul who enters into Christ. There is so much discussion about us being in sin and deserving wrath which is true, but we also need to remember that we are made in God’s image. Focusing only on what sin has done and not what Jesus has done can cause us to lose sight of our worth to the Father. His inheritance is us being in a sinless form and having an eternal relationship with Him. 

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the saints…”

Ephesians 1:18

 Even while typing this, I am blown away in deep gratitude that God infinitely loves me so much. It is hard to wrap my head around the idea that God would call us His prized inheritance. We are His valued treasure! Steep your mind in that truth because He is amazingly generous to all of us. So, as you go about your week, remember to live in a way that honors the fact that you are a treasured inheritance of the Most High. God bless you!

Guest Writer: Cara