I found an art gallery a while back and purchased two 35 square foot masterpieces. Curious? When we changed our “mauve” tiled counter top a couple of years ago, we visited one of the many granite dealerships in town. Granite is the “norm” in Texas. As we walked the aisles looking for that perfect yet affordable counter top, I forgot where I was. Instead, I imagined that I was in the finest art gallery. The colors and patterns in each granite slab were unique and fabulous to look at. Every imaginable color was represented and the most expensive pieces (naturally) were flecked with gold and silver looking minerals. What the saleswoman described as “movement,” I saw as rivers of “jewels” gracefully enhancing the appearance of the piece. I didn’t want to leave, and in fact now that I’m writing about it, I’d like to return.
These huge granite stones, like precious jewels, are buried in the earth. In their natural state they are dull and unimpressive. To extract them from the earth requires a massive effort. Once removed, they must be cut and polished. It is only then, with the intentional efforts of many workers and artisans, do we see the true beauty of the stone.
I am struck with awe and wonder at the works of our Creator God. How is it that even in the depths of the earth there is beauty that lies dormant, waiting to be discovered, worked and showcased to the world? The earth is full of beauty. How fortunate that we have these gifts from a fantastic, loving God.
“Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.” (Rom. 1:20 RSV-CE)
Lord, when we doubt who you are and your love for us, show us a piece of your fantastic creation. Open our eyes to SEE your majesty and BELIEVE in you. Amen.