Tuesday, October 11, 2011

All this jewelry!

"Oh! I delight to see the Incarnate God, who died to save — scattering from the opulence of His own boundless resources — all this jewelry; making man's sinful home so rich, so lovely, so attractive!" ~ Octavius Winslow

Surrounding my place of employment is a beautiful wetland. It has a path going around it and I like to walk there in the afternoon and pray and meditate on God's Word. Sometimes I can't help stopping and just marveling at the beauty of God's creation all around me  (the pictures on this page are ones I took during a recent walk). There are innumerable wild flowers and grasses and trees surrounding a small lake. The whole area is rich with the scent of wild flowers. The lake is frequented by mallards, herons, cranes, etc. and the grasslands surrounding it is home to many wetland birds. Overhead soar several varieties of hawks searching for voles and other prey. As I take it all in I find that my natural response is to worship God! It also sparks gratitude in my heart. What a gracious and bountiful God He is! He created all of these colors and forms of life in all of their complexity and simplicity to display His glory, but He also created them to delight us! 






Those bright constellations — Christ created them.
Those burning suns — Christ kindled them.
Those snow wreathed alps, those cloud capped mountains — Christ raised them.
Those verdant valleys — Christ spread them.
That blushing rose,
  that graceful lily,
  that exquisite fern,
  that curious sea flower tossed upon the shore,
  that wayside violet that screens the dew drop from the sun,
  that winding stream,
  that leafy grove —
Christ formed and penciled them all.

Yes, Christ is the one who . . .
  clad that magnificent landscape with its robe of living green;
  scented the air with its fragrance, and
  hollowed out the depth of that expansive ocean, dimpled with beauty by the gentle breeze — or awesome in its grandeur, when trod by the storm.

Truly, He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Oh! I delight to see the Incarnate God, who died to save — scattering from the opulence of His own boundless resources — all this jewelry; making man's sinful home so rich, so lovely, so attractive!

"The heavens tell of the glory of God.
 The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak;
 night after night they make Him known.
 They speak without a sound or a word;
 their voice is silent in the skies;
 yet their message has gone out to all the earth,
 and their words to all the world." Psalm 19:1-4

~ Octavius Winslow (1808 - 1878)

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