God, the Artist

A little boy was asked to describe God. Without hesitation, he responded, “God is an artist.”
“Really,” said his teacher, “How do you know that?”

“It’s in the prayer … ‘Our Father, who does art in heaven.’”

Makes perfect sense. The magnificent artistry required to paint a sunrise or construct a flower is constantly on display. The wonders of nature provide our God with an incredible canvas of possibilities. The sad thing is that we are so busy we seldom take the time to notice.

With the beauty and intricacy of the universe, God saved His best work for the crown of His creation. In most works of art, the painter or sculptor inserts his or her name or identifies the work with some recognizable symbol.

In His finest work, God placed His own image. When He created humans, He made them in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Paul wrote that God not only created us, He also recreated us as His masterpieces …”He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do all the things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).

His creative genius should continue to wow us. Eugene was six when he wrote: “Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool!

I saw lightning bugs last night. I haven’t seen them for a long time. Did they just show up or did I take the time to watch? Lord, forgive me for the things I miss because I’m just too busy.

Make a list. Write down ten things you notice today about creation that gives you joy or wonder or gratitude. Spend some time thanking God that He gave you another day; He gave you eyes to see and ears to hear; He gave you family and friends to cherish; He gave you hope and peace and grace and love; He gave His Son.

This amazing God deserves more than our notice; He merits our praise.

  • “Dear God, Count me in. Your friend, Herbie.”
  • “Dear God, Your book has a lot of zip to it. Your reader, Jimmie.”
  • “Dear God, Do You like what You do?” Sharon
  • “Dear God, Thank You for giving me my dad and mother, and their children, and dog and fish. Thank You for giving us the nice world to live in and eyes to see it and what we eat and brains to think. Thank You for everything. Love, Maxine.”
  • “Dear God, You’re nice. Your friend, Allen.”

 

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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