My sister once sent me a video of my nephew playing with a toy that I had given him. Watching him take delight in my gift filled my heart with joy. This made me wonder if God feels the same joy when His children appreciate His creation.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. - Psalm 19:1 (NKJV)
I am the type of person who can get caught up in accomplishing goals, forgetting to balance work with rest and contentment. The Bible tells us that God can be seen in the world He created. Maybe God put beauty in the world at least partly for people like me. Beauty in the natural world can be a reminder of the majesty of God. It can make us pause in wonder, reminding us to take delight in all the gifts He has provided – both in this life and beyond.
Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind. - Ecclesiastes 4:6 (NKJV)
Periods of quiet contentment are restorative, and can bring honor to God as well. I want to build a habit of delighting in God’s creation, taking notice the beauty all around me. When I do this, I feel a swell of gratitude which draws me closer to my loving God.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain - 1 Timothy 6:6 (NKJV)
I watched that video of my nephew again and again, enjoying his pleasure in my simple gift. When I admire a hummingbird in flight or stare at a beautiful sunrise, I believe God’s heart warms that way too.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good… - Genesis 1:31(NKJV) partial
Posted on Thu, June 30, 2016
by Shawnna Casazza filed under