Oh! How I love our Father! His unchanging character, his word, and his amazing, breathtaking love which he lavishes upon us! I felt that love today as I took a walk out my back door to soak in the color of the leaves and the crisp chill of an autumn afternoon.
I was astounded at the beautiful colors of fall! And the glorious sun set that painted the sky just for me to enjoy!! You know Father really didn’t have to make nature so magnificent! He could have had the sun go up and down, no difference from day to day. And he could have made the trees all the same, going from green, to brown, then bare. But no! That is not his character! He wanted to daily display His glory so that somehow we might catch a glimpse of His spectacular, creative power! To daily woo us into a deeper relationship with him. But sadly, many times it all goes unnoticed. We miss his message because of our busy schedules and our preoccupation with our own lives and issues.
But, you know, that doesn’t seem to stop God or even slow him down. The very next day he paints yet another master piece in the sky, hoping that this day, we will stop, take a deep breath, notice and enjoy a moment with Him! A moment not asking for anything. A moment to connect with the creator artist and say, “WOW!’
And that, my friend, is what it was all about: a moment of shared pleasure.
And in that one moment I believe he smiles and we feel His pleasure! In that one moment we are at peace with creation and with our creator! And in that one moment he whispers, “You are worth it!”
I wonder if that was what it was like in the garden? Are we, in that one moment, transported back to the place of perfect alignment with creation and with God. Is that what Adam and God shared on the Sabbath day? Did they simply enjoy the sunsets, the colors of the trees, the crisp cool air? Is that what this ‘one moment’ is about? To remind me that there is more? To remind me there is a place of pleasure that transcends any earthly knowledge? To remind me what it is like when ALL is in alignment with Him?
Is that what Jesus meant when he prayed, “Father, make us one, as you and I are one.” and, “Let your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.” Is this ‘one moment’ what heaven feels like on earth? I hope so. Because this ‘one moment’ is glorious! Full of delight, joy and peace!
Yes, my friend, that is what this ‘one moment’ is all about: Heaven on earth! Communion with our Great God! So I challenge you to take ‘one moment.’ Experience Him in His creation! Stop and really see the masterpiece that he painted just for you in the sunset! Count the stars! Smell the autumn air! Drink in the colors! Take ‘one moment’ and let him surprise you with His joy! Because you are worth it!
My! What an amazing, extravagant God we serve!
Today, I snapped some pictures with my iPhone. Hope you enjoy!