Monday, March 7, 2016
Nature by God
Looking outside recently, I was amazed at the picture. A fluffy white landscape, powder covering every surface, sunshine streaming through ice crystals on the trees, and a crisp cobalt sky. Isn’t God amazing? Only he can paint a picture with the color white. Take nothing and make it something. It is truly inspiring. I find that I am often inspired by His nature.
I am lucky enough to live in a place with four distinct seasons. Each year I get to watch God’s story of our lives unfold around me. It starts with Fall, a season where things are dying, making me think of our sinful nature. Now, we all know sin. Whether we’ve been saved or not, we have a sinful nature that brings death. Yet look what happens with God’s power in our lives. We call on Him, profess Him as Lord, BELIEVE in Him, and “Though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Winter. It is the season where all that death is covered with a blanket of white. Cleansing. A place for a fresh start. Beauty in it’s simplicity. This is the picture that caught my eye this morning. It was like standing in the middle of God’s grace. And the entire time we’re admiring it, something new is taking place. Life is getting ready to break forth.
Spring. It’s name says it all. Life is springing up new around us in brilliant bursts of color. Sounds explode as everything comes alive, singing God’s praises, showing it. He's doing a new work in us. Making all things new again. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up…” (Isaiah 43:18) And He doesn’t just stop there with life beginning. He shines the son on it, grows it, deepens its roots so it can thrive.
Summer. Life in full swing. Days full of light and warmth. Productivity. Beauty. Hardly any night. It is an amazing place to be. One we wish could last forever, and someday will.
See, He will be the Light of our world. It’s not just the seasons He’s given us as a picture, but even each day. Night comes, blocking out the light and there are times in our lives where it feels like the night has won. But just hold on. Dawn is coming. It never fails to do so. And with it a promise that one day, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelations 22:5) (Can I get an AMEN!)
So when life is buzzing around you, when you feel overwhelmed, just stop. Look around you at the painting God has placed you in. See the reminders He’s given you that you are not alone. That time keeps moving forward. Daybreak comes. Life springs forth again. It can't help but have to. It's God's nature.