The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(a repeat from 2014 - don't miss the video included! You will have to copy and paste the link because we have difficulty in with spam filters when we send hyperlinks.)
"Art In His Heart"
A friend recently sent a link for a video entitled "Starling Murmuration." The film depicts hundreds of thousands of starlings united in a perfectly choreographed ritual that defies the imagination and thrills the soul. The birds form a vibrantly living, constantly changing, and beautifully fluctuating art gallery. I've included the link below. Be prepared for wonder and worship by the scenes that remind us of God's beauty and majesty (sadly, the video does not adequately capture the sound made by the birds' movement, from which the term "Murmuration" arises).
"Art" implies an artist. God is nothing if He is not that. There is art in His heart. "Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary" (Psalm 96:6). Creation comprises a canvas upon which the Creator displays not simply His ability - "strength" - but also His imagination - "beauty" - in glories of sight, sound, texture, fragrance, and even flavor. "O taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Psalm 34:8).
For discussion's sake, imagine that the Lord could have made a universe without color, or without the rods and cones in our eyes to behold it. He could have omitted sound and the hearing faculties that absorb, assimilate, and process auditory waves. He could have formed surfaces without texture, or our bodies without the capacity for touch and feel. He could have excluded fragrance and flavor from creation, along with the sense of smell and taste that makes possible our enjoyment of fragrance and food. We must imagine these possibilities because it is not possible that the living God actually could have acted in such a manner. He is holy, and must do all things in accordance with His character, nature, and way. This includes the truth of art in His heart. Our Lord's nature mandates that He must act in beauty as well as in power. The Great Artist continually draws wonders from the palette of His heart to splash upon the creation canvas. Innumerable starlings provide one display of such grace in a choreography of flight that beckons us to see and worship the Choreographer. "The invisible things of Him from the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" (Romans 1:20).
We exist in a vibrantly living, constantly changing, and beautifully fluctuating art gallery. Perceiving the universe and it's Maker in such terms opens our hearts to joys that can be known anywhere and everywhere. Our senses exist for such appreciation. Our spirits exist for the response of worship. Our tongues exist for grateful exclamations of praise and thanksgiving. There is art in God's heart! He desires to display it to all who recognize the sublime gallery in which we live. May we be among that blessed company, and in this day appreciate, worship, and proclaim the glory of the Artist, and the beauty of His art.
"One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple."
"Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us."
Weekly Memory Verse
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His" (Romans 8:9).