The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe
"The Autumn Artist"
Frances and I spent the last few days hiking in the mountains of North Georgia amid displays of glorious autumn hue and color. But even more, we beheld glorious displays of the Great Artist who painted the mountains with the wonder of His heart, mind, and infinite imagination.
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).
We always seem to be in the mountains on the days of their most vibrant beauty during the fall. I give credit to the Lord and to Frances for this because it is not easy to schedule our trips so that we enter the Lord's autumn gallery at just the right time. "He hath made everything beautiful in His time" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We actually scheduled a journey to the mountains for the end of October. Rain postponed our plans, thank the Lord. We would have missed the scenes of the last few days had our original schedule ensued. The delay led to the delight. "A man's heart deviseth his way. But the Lord directeth his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). I have come to believe that our Heavenly Father grants these marvelous gifts because He knows we will write and talk about them to numerous people, but even more, we will write and talk about Him. By definition, the heart of the Artist transcends the beauty of His art. "By Him all things consist" declared the Apostle Paul, including the palette, the paint, and the canvas of the Autumn Artist (Colossians 3:11).
A friend and I discussed such wonder yesterday. We both mourned the sad fact that so many people behold beauty with awe and appreciation rightly directed toward the art of creation, but completely miss the heart of the Artist. They "worship and serve the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever" (Romans 1:25). I can think of few things sadder. So, it is a sublime joy to return from the mountains with a message of their beauty, and include photographs such as those above. However, it is far more sublime and joyful to bear a message regarding the One who yet again splashed His glory all over His mountain canvas, and then graces us with the privilege of heralding their beauty. But far more, the beauty of the Artist Himself...
"Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us."
"My times are in His hand."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."