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God's Beautiful Artistry

I spent a good part of this holiday weekend paddling around a creek, the Glebe near the Potomac River & the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The peacefulness of this quiet time alone with God's creation was refreshing. The water, the shoreline, and the birds are still fresh in my mind. When I got home yesterday, I started reading (again) Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking. In the very first chapter, "The First Artist", Mrs. Schaeffer writes ...

Think of the mobiles of God, the Artist, brought forth by the wind that He created. The wind, blowing in the trees, swaying the grass, bending a field of wheat as a ballet, rising again, bending again. The spray of the ocean, wild waves against rocks bringing forth a curve of spray, a mobile of spray.

Mrs. Schaeffer's words expressed the awe that I felt this weekend at the beauty of God's artistry. I took my pocket Bible with me as I paddled. I would often drift in a quiet spot, reading God's Word, praising and thanking Him. My journal entries were filled with moments of God's ever-present work ...

  • The wind swept across the water so that I could finally tell which was the reflection and which was not.
  • As the wind swept through the trees, leaves rustled out of their slumbering position, some quietly drifting down to the ground or into the water.
  • On the pier where we fished, a Swallow had built a nest. The Swallow flew about us frantically all weekend, almost pleading with us to take our fishing & conversation to some other spot. I am sure she was not happy as we quietly watched one of her baby birds hatch.
  • I came upon a family of Mallards, all lined up tallest to smallest. The father duck took off, quaking loudly, almost as if to distract me away from his family.
  • I was startled when what I had thought was an attractive piece of driftwood took off flying and "honking" across the water...it was a Great Blue Heron.
  • I saw something gliding through the water and paddled to see if it was an otter or beaver or such. Yikes! It was a snake gliding through the water.

I hope that you too can take some time soon to be awed and refreshed by God's beautiful artistry all around you!

O LORD, our Lord,
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,
that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O LORD our Lord,
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

- Psalm 8

July 6, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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