An Artist Puts Himself into His Art

Lupines on Mt. Shasta near Butte 9000, California

Lupines on Mt. Shasta near Butte 9000

For a long time I have wondered why it is that the Bible is filled with examples of how God and His ways are like elements of creation.  I wasn’t satisfied with the answer that the people of Bible times saw natural things every day, therefore God gave them examples that they could relate to (as true as this might be).  There seemed to be a deeper reason.

 

And finally, it dawned on me.

Golden Cathedral in Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah

Golden Cathedral in Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah

Like any artist, God put a bit of Himself into His art, in this case, His creation.  So it’s natural to relate the things of God to creation because God, Himself, put a bit of His nature into creation.

A waterfall descends from a glacier on Mt. Baker, Ptarmigan Ridge Trail, Washington

A waterfall descends from a glacier on Mt. Baker

Sometimes I think we feel it; it’s the thing that stirs our hearts when we see an awe-inspiring view, a peaceful sunset, or the intricate detail in a flower.  Our hearts – made by God, Himself, and filled with the Holy Spirit – respond to the nature of God in the things He made.

Wildflowers at the Upper Delicate Arch Overlook, Arches National Park, Utah

Wildflowers at the Upper Delicate Arch Overlook

So I find no shame in letting my heart rejoice and respond to the beauty around me.  It is God’s art, and I find great joy in discovering the pieces of Himself that God has put in His masterpiece.