Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When did you last pick up a pine cone?

The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. 
(Psalm 19: 1-3)

When was the last time you or I went on a scavenger hunt? You know, make a list, grab a bag or box to put treasures in, and head out to explore the garden.

Autumn is so very beautiful! Here in England the trees are just beginning to show us their colours. Reds, yellows, orange and browns. Today was a windy day, and colourful leaves were landing like confetti on us as I walked with my little one on the way to school. We looked up and watched them twirl down gently, dancing with the wind beneath them and wondered at the God who made them.

It is as if creation is calling out to us to stop and wonder, to pause in our day and consider the Maker. To pick up the pine cones and conkers, to kick the leaves and watch them dance; to gaze up at the tall trees and see the one they live to lift high.

Everything God made speaks of the Creator, pointing to his attention to detail and his care. Reminding us of his passion and extravagance. Showing us his delight and joy at the vast and the tiny. Giving us glimpses of his reckless love and eternal faithfulness.

So, when was that last scavenger hunt?? Maybe the next one could be today? What treasures will we find if we pause and look?
  • What can we see?
  • What can we hear?
  • What can we smell?
  • What can we feel as we explore, expectantly?
And when we bring those treasures back into our homes, as we lay them out to look at and admire I wonder, what we will see of the Creator? What detail will make us stop and wonder at his craftsmanship, his love, his patience, his exuberance?

Every single one will reveal his love and care for creation and for us. Every single one will tell of his delight in each unique creation, and remind us of his delight in us; each uniquely made in his image. God looked at the world he had made and he saw that it was good!!

Father lead me today to find treasures that will speak to me of your greatness, your tenderness and your care. Remind me of your delight as creator for all you have made. Amen

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