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. 

Isaiah 62:3 NKJV

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 does! 

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!

Heavenly Father,
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,

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also he has put eternity in their hands, except that no one can find the work that God does from beginning to end.   Ecclesiastes 3:11


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    1. Thank you, I just love how we can see how much God is in the little details of our lives by just looking at nature!

  2. I love your insights, Donna- Praying the Lord will surround and cover you today- May your roots continue to go down deep into the soil of His marvelous love.

    1. Thank you for your prayers. Nature is a beautiful way to SEE God!