The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"To Behold the Beauty"
You may have seen the video that recently went viral on the Internet of a mother chimpanzee united with her baby two days after having an emergency C-section (I cannot imbed the video link in this email because of SPAM filters, but you can access it on YouTube by searching for "Emotional moment chimpanzee reunited with her baby"). It is a beautiful scene as the mother discovers her offspring, and even more wondrous when considering the glory it depicts.
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).
Every atom of true beauty in creation bears witness to the beauty of the Creator Himself. I thought of this when considering that many people will appreciate the sweetness of a mother meeting her baby for the first time. People will appreciate "nature," certainly a proper response to the realities we experience with our senses. However, a greater response always awaits us when beholding beauty in its myriad forms. To see what can only be described as love in the response of a chimpanzee mother for her offspring must lead us to gaze through the portal opened into the heart of God. The mother's devotion did not come to her by the mere natural processes of the universe. No, Somebody made her with the capacity to cherish her baby, doubtless as the expression of how He feels toward us. "The Lord taketh pleasure in His people" (Psalm 149:4).
I feel for people who miss or neglect this greater response. Indeed, while natural beauty is a thing to be greatly appreciated, such grace exists to elicit wondering awe regarding the God so glorious of heart that He made a universe filled with beauty in so many forms. Few transcend the love of a mother for her child, whether in the human or the animal kingdom. Such affection and commitment glimmer ever so brightly with the love of God. However, we can miss such glory if we forget to look for "the invisible things of Him." What a tragedy, but what a gift of grace when we respond to the Holy Spirit as He beckons us to gaze through portals whereby the wonders of creation offer even more wondrous glories of the Creator.
"I will look for Him."
"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."
Weekly Memory Verse
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.