Let’s continue a few thought with the 19th Psalm. One can picture David as a shepherd in the fields with his flock having much time to meditate on all nature surrounding him, and at night seeing the heavens filled with stars. He proclaims, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”(vss.1-2) The Apostle Paul writing to the Roman Christians underlines this same truth. “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”(1:19-20) We go to great lengths to keep God from interfering with modern life, but somehow the mark of His handiwork keeps showing itself. As with David, it should bring us humbly to our knees in worship, and opening ourselves to His revelation.
I am continually amazed at the variety of things in this world. God could have made one or two trees, but there are thousands of varieties. The same is true with birds, flowers, plants, and all that surrounds us in the created world. Some things are very beautiful, some functional, and some just down right whimsical. God has given to us in superabundance. This is especially true of His love. It is impossible to fully understand an all powerful creator God being willing to become a physical part of His creation, suffer for them, and die, in order to restore them to Himself. That is the measure of superabundant love, and the love that He has for each part of His creation – especially for you. His forgiveness is an unlimited seventy times seven. He grace knows no measure. His invitation to share His life more fully is extended to you every minute of every day. As you look at the wonderful variety of all created things, know that it is but a small measure of the abundant grace given to you.
When someone is writing an important paper, it usually starts with a draft copy. It then get edited and refined. Language is clarified, and phrases are sharpened to better express what the writer wants to convey. It is that same refining and clarifying process that our Lord is doing in each of us. We are God’s creation. He made us, and called us to be a part of Him through Christ Jesus. Throughout our life He works to mold us into His image, into the nature of Jesus. The difference between us and a manuscript is that we can resist the Refiner’s hand. Yet, in His patience and persistence, He continues to work in our life, and has given us the promise that He will not stop until we are complete. This is an ongoing and daily process. Let’s look with anticipation at how our Lord will work in us today.