“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:24-28
I look out my front window and see the beauty of snow covered trees with branches hanging low under the weight of the fresh fallen snow. There is no sight of the brown grass that has greeted me each day, instead there is a field of snow glistening and dancing in the sunshine that looks like a field of diamonds. The sky is clear, so blue and cloudless that no artist’s palate could come anywhere near the color and brilliance.
We sometimes forget the creative side of Our Lord, we focus on His salvation, His redeeming power in our lives, and the price Jesus paid for us on the cross. Each of these is paramount to our salvation. Yet we miss the beauty and majesty of His world and the people He has placed in our lives. We get busy and annoyed at the inconvenience of the snow storm that keeps everyone inside and the kids or spouse or whoever start grating on our nervous.
It becomes so easy to grumble and complain about those very ones who are annoying us the most that we forget they are the very ones God has placed in our life to sharpen and hone us into the vessel in which He can best shine through. God has marked out the appointed time and place we are living and who is around us. He desires to teach us to reach out to Him, to worship Him, to pour out our devotion to Him who made the world and everything in it. Not complain and grumble about people or situations in our lives that annoy us.
So settle your heart and focus on the one who is not far from us. The creative God who uses all of His creation to chisel away our hard heart and to teach us to worship. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’.