As a gardener, I put great effort into making my garden a place of peace, a place of rest and a place to appreciate the awesomeness of God’s handiwork. I move dirt, compost debris, I build rock walls and plant all kinds of shrubs, trees and flowers with purpose. If something doesn’t look right where I planted or placed it, I tell my husband, teasingly that the “Feng shui” just isn’t right and I go back to the drawing board until it has that “just right” Feng shui feeling. It’s true! In the process of creating in my backyard, it has to not only look right, but feel right. Now it might be messy or eclectic, maybe even a little too colorful to some, but for me, the details of what I do are important to create the end result; peace, rest and appreciation.
At first I thought all of the Feng shui fuss was just in my A type personality, but just a few days ago, I was 30,000 feet in the air somewhere over Utah when I looked out the window and saw the vast landscape of canyons and crevasses spanning as far as the horizon of that airplane’s altitude. I was in awe of the detail of creation and thought to myself, I wonder if God pays as much attention to His creation as He does in my life? Well, if you read the Bible with this in mind, God IS in the details of all that we do. He cares about our lives. He sees us and He loves us. God has gone to great lengths to speak to us through nature in various ways. I believe He writes love letters to us and uses nature as his paper.
Have you ever seen a teaspoon of sand under a microscope?
The picture above is that of some grains of sand magnified a 100 times! What we see is just sand, but what God has created tells me that He cares. Why else would He bother? He creates these clues to lead you and me to Himself so that we would know His love in a deeper way than just going to church. He wants to draw you close, to spend time with you, to lavish His great love on you. Why? So that you in turn would show the world that same great love through your actions and words.
You see, we are the hands and feet of Christ, ministering to those who need to see and know Jesus in a real and tangible way. Wether it’s just a smile, an act of kindness or a simple “how are you?” people need that. We’re living in a high tech world now and we are drifting farther and farther away from each other because of it. Don’t get me wrong. I love all things tech and I’m a bit of a tech nerd, but I also am so grateful for the love that God has shown me, and I want others to know this same love. I’m not trying to gain brownie points with God, I’m simply responding because of what God has shown me.
It’s 11:30 pm as I write this. We’re spending our last night in Colorado Springs and heading to our home in Oregon in the morning. A new chapter of our lives is just beginning. We don’t know what our future holds, but we do know that God has called us to show His love to others in all that we do. A new garden to create beauty in, a new ministry to the saints in hopes to lavish others with the same love that has been so graciously lavished on us.
God is in the details and I like it! Because He is so awesome in all His ways, we look forward to the plans that He has for us. A new adventure awaits!