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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
He Makes Beautiful Things
You shall also be a crown of glory, in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem, in the hand of your God.
The redwood trees in Northern California are
some of the largest trees you will find on earth. These trees have survived
hundreds of years through hardship, flooding, fires, and even diseases.
Recently on a trip from California I took the
opportunity to spend some time in Humboldt Redwood State Park. Specifically the
“Avenue of the Giants”. I remember seeing them as a young child and have always
wanted to go back. They were every bit as gigantic as I remembered.
The trees tower over you as you drive along a
narrow winding road. You find yourself slowing down, feeling like you are in
another world amazed at the sheer beauty and majesty.
I was thankful that we worked it into our
schedule to be able to spend a day at the park. Stopping at an area that was
marked wheelchair accessible. I was pleasantly surprised that the accessible
trail truly was a well-marked accessible trail! Ryan had no problems navigating his wheelchair
through the path, allowing him to get up close to these giant trees. I
appreciated the information signs posted along the way offering interesting
facts about the trees.
One thing I learned was the large growths you
sometimes see on trees are called Burls. These burls are formed during an
intense, stressful time in the trees growth. These stresses; flooding, fires,
diseases, etc., can cause the growth of the tree to temporarily change. This
temporary change causes the grain of the wood to twist, contort and form burls.
A normal wood grain is like a single
strand of yarn but the wood grain in a burl is like the strand of yarn wrapped
around itself into a ball.
The unique pattern of the wood grain in the
burls make them highly valuable. The more contorted, twisted, knotted they are,
the more valuable they become. To me they just looked like awkward growths. In the hands of a master woodworker, these
burls can be crafted into beautiful, rare, works of art.
I think about the hardships, trials, and
extreme times of stress in our lives. I wonder what our burls would look like. How have they changed us? In the midst of trials I often wonder how God can
use such difficult things for his good. I may not be able to see it, but God
I am called to love him and trust
him. Trust him, my Creator. I can trust
that under his loving skillful hands he will take the burls of my life, with
all the twists and turns, and create a beautiful unique masterpiece. After all God is the Master-Craftsman!
Thank you that we are able to see you, the creator in the beauty that surrounds us. I am so thankful that you are able to see beyond our hardships and trials to bring forth the beauty within. Father we trust you and your timing, thankful that you can create unique works of art of our lives. In Jesus name,
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