God’s Word for Today: Paintings. I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the Louvre museum in Paris and viewed some simply amazing paintings on display. Even Leonardo o Vinci’s Mona Lisa (too many people crowded in that area taking pictures, cool but disappointing) I have seen. I have attended art shows throughout the USA (do paintings on display at the mall count?), and have looked at some pretty fantastic work. I had an uncle and also have an aunt (Mom’s side of the family) who were natural artists and could/can do some excellent work. I have a stepdaughter (Ginny) who, once in a painting mood, brings a normal canvas completely to life. In summary, I have been lucky to have been able to observe talent well beyond the normal realm.
But then God shows up, and says, “Look what I can do!” These pictures I have included show just 2 of God’s paintings. I can’t even begin to capture the beauty of what God created in the leaves of these plants, with a camera. And cameras these days take lifelike photos.
The first photo with the pink splashed on to a background of green and highlighted by black, are one of my favorite plants here in Paraguay. We have several of these plants scattered throughout the yard. Every time I go by them, I have to pause, look at their beauty, and thank God for his gift. Even an ole color blind country boy like me can appreciate something that beautiful.
Then yesterday, God said, “Hey Terry, check this out!!” I am sorry, but I almost cried in awe of God’s second painting. I am calling these, black splattered on green flaring out to a yellow exclamation. I am rather disappointed in my picture of this plant. It has been raining for several hours now and the plant is rather soaked. All I can say is the sunshine yesterday afternoon made these really POP……
1Peter 3:3. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Ok, ok, ok. You have heard this Scripture before. You also know that some Churches use this Scripture as a rule for the adornment of their lady members. More rules and regulations to follow. More don’ts added on an already impossible list. And by golly, if you wear too much makeup, or too fancy of jewelry, or too pretty of a dress, you will go straight to ____. Not really, but you get my drift.
All this Scripture is saying is where your beauty actually comes from. You are welcome to put a whole afternoon in getting your hair done and your nails and having the perfect shoes to match the perfect dress. That is great, and we men appreciate all the effort. Understand it, no. Appreciate it yes.
Today, realize that God himself planted a seed of inner beauty in you. He painted the most beautiful picture with you. Yes, you. Men included. We spend a lot of time working on outward appearances and projections. If it wasn’t for trying to look good, a considerable amount of clothing, shoe, and makeup stores would have to close. Not to mention barber and beauty shops. But realize what could be contributed to this world if each and every human being put the same effort and took the same amount of time to work on their inner beauty. Take another look at the pictures of the plants. That is what God has done with a simple piece of foliage. Imagine what beauty God has painted in you, and wants you to share with others.………………….
Prayer: Dear God, the ultimate artist who painted this world, I thank you. I thank you for the amazing beauty you offer me each day. Forgive me Lord, for even trying to match the work you have done. Help me to spend more time bringing out the inner beauty you have painted in me. May others see your work through me. In Jesus’, who gave us the brush to paint your grace, name I pray. Amen