The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Engineer, the Artist"
Martha Algerich is considered by many to be the greatest living pianist in the world. In a career that spans more than six decades, she has played with amazing technical precision, but perhaps more importantly, with an artistry that makes her performances something far more than the mere striking of notes written by the great composers of history. As with all superb artists, the beauty she displays cannot be explained, but rather simply known and felt when heard and experienced (many of her performances can easily be found on YouTube).
"God is a spirit… I am the truth" (John 4:24; 14:6).
Martha's skill and art remind me of God (particularly since her gift comes from Him, whether she knows it or not). Our Lord's career spans eternity, as it were, and He does all things well with a creativity that adds something beyond explanation to everything He does. Indeed, it is one thing that our Lord made an incredibly vast and complex universe that functions according to components and laws so intricately woven together that even unbelieving scientists find wonder in the worlds. However, amid the technical expertise, beauty glimmers everywhere in God's creation. Be it sight, sound, texture, fragrance, or taste, our senses exist to realize that the Engineer who made all things is no less an Artist who infuses His handiwork with that which cannot be explained, but which we intuitively know and feel.
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us" (Psalm 90:17).
Clearly, the Psalmist knew this wondrous union of the artistic and the technical in the God who graces with beauty even as He establishes work. Guided by love, goodness, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and power, the Lord's character and capability forever proceed in perfect union to reveal His glory. If we look, listen, touch, smell, and taste, or if we ponder the mysteries of creation, we will see the streams of God's heart and mind flowing together in all things. The great pianist reminds us of this, as do so many things when we attune our hearts and minds to behold the great Engineer who ever displays His skill in ways that let us know He is no less the great Artist.
"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."
"Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite."
Weekly Memory Verse
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
(II Corinthians 9:8)