Sometimes I fear that I would lose that sense of wonder. In other words, forget that many things today that I sometimes take for granted are part of God’s amazing creations. I also remind myself that I don’t have to be the person people expect me to be. Instead, I would rest and let the LORD shape me to be the person He created me to be.
Have you ever seen a glass artist shaping his works? He has the confidence and tools nearby. He knows just what to do and how to do it, … for how long and how much heat is required etc… It’s truly amazing.
For me, having the chance to witness the maestro at Murano reminded me that when I feel like life is chaotic and everything is out of control,…breathe….
God has everything in control.
New International Version (Psalm 46:10)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
So, this is a picture of my arm. The little pinkish/reddish dot was where the syringe pierced through. Of course I didn’t look at how my blood flowed but I was astounded at how amazing the human body is. God’s creation is better than man’s creation. (Ah yes,..I can almost hear evolutionists screaming away and probably pressing the dislike button on this post, if there’s any at all. )
Can you see it? I find it so amazing how blood that’s flowing out from that tiny hole after applying some pressure on the wound. Take a pipe and make a hole just as small. Turn on the tap. The pipe doesn’t heal itself, does it?
Ah Lord God! You do all things well.
Genesis 1:26 Living Bible (TLB)
26 Then God said, “Let us make a man[a]—someone like ourselves,* to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.”
I’m just a simple person. Someone once asked me how I planned what to draw/paint. To me, it’s simple. I just look at God’s wonderful creation. When I see emergence of the sunlight pushing away the darkness, I just get inspired and naturally I want to copy the Creator. I seek God to give me ideas because He is God after all. Just spend some time observing the sunrise tomorrow and the day after. It’s not the same.
It’s been many years since I left Canada. Although there are many places that I’ve visited that I long to re-visit, there’s one place that remains in my heart. Niagara Falls.
I was a young Christian then and I recall standing by the edge looking at the horseshoe falls and just feeling absolutely amazed. No words could describe that feeling. Standing next to it and hearing the thunderous sound of the falls, feeling the mist on my skin. Seeing how big it is and feeling so small so suddenly. Today, I can only imagine how it must have been like when God spoke the world into existence. Imagine darkness and how the light broke forth at just a command.
King James Version (KJV)
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
I honestly find it more difficult to believe that such beauty could suddenly exist overtime. Nothing anyone can say would convince me that there is a Creator and that Creator is God.
Then today as I look back and replay the sound of the falls in my mind, I can echo Chris Tomlin’s song, “How Great Is Our God”.
What you see is the dumbbell nebula (messier object 42). The more pictures I see of the different parts of the universe, the more I’m in awe of God. While some have tried (..are still trying?) to explain creation by using science, I find quite the opposite happening for me. The more I read science and astronomy, the more I know the God I serve is real.
Astrophotography is something that I have recently gotten interested in mainly because I still haven’t recovered fully from my knee injuries although I know I’m getting better. While my DSLR camera sits and collects dust with my lenses, I’m glad that I can take these snapshots in the comfort of my room without having to wait till midnight or dawn. I do it via remotely controlled telescopes. (Check out iTelescope.net) How addictive it can get, but I have a new appreciation and awareness of God after having taken these photos and seeing for myself.
Additionally, I was suffering from piles for weeks and yet I was so reluctant to tell any family members as I didn’t want them to worry. I was too embarrassed to see the doctor, so I just continued believing that God will heal me. He has healed me. No more pain without medication. The amount of water I drink daily hasn’t changed. Praise God!
Despite the challenges I faced last year, that I’m still overcoming, I praise You, God! For You are a faithful God!
I am fortunate that today is a replacement holiday and therefore I have this one day to rest and do some painting. Whenever I paint, I drift into my own little world. Something happened when I was just about to finish this piece. I found myself speaking to my artwork. Yes! Just for a moment, I was the insane artist. However, don’t get me wrong. It’s more like an exclamation. I would be in real trouble if I was communicating with the artwork.
I looked at my artwork and said, “What a pretty bird you are.” Suddenly, it was as if time stood still and I paused to reflect. I imagine that the Lord must have really enjoyed Himself during those six days of creation. You can read about it in Genesis 1. It made me wonder just for a moment if that was how He felt. I feel it when I look at my finished artworks, and such elation when I see my work displayed at the gallery on exhibitions.
Genesis 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
In moments of inspiration when I am busy working on a piece of art, I refused to be distracted by TV series. I would just spend hours painting because I enjoy it. Thus, I believe that whenever we spend time with God, we get His full attention because He loves spending time with us. When He looks at us, He sees Jesus because of what Jesus did at the cross. Isn’t grace amazing?
One of the reasons why I enjoy observing nature is because it has the Master’s touch. It was by sheer chance that I caught these 3 spotted doves on the tree in our porch. I think they are spotted doves. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (NIV)