Sometimes you end up in a different place than you intended, and that’s okay…sometimes.
The plan for our vacation last week was to spend six days hiking the Appalachian Trail, we made it for two. We spent the remainder of our vacation in the beautiful Smokey Mountain National Forest. If you have never been, it really is a piece of art. The brush strokes of light, the cool morning breezes, the mountain sunrises and sunsets, and the river’s babbling song set the scene for God’s masterpiece.
I couldn’t help but think that I was in God’s museum. Think about it, we have museums full of art conceived by man and we admire and enjoy their work. These works, born in the creative minds of mankind, often inspire us to dream dreams of grandeur. But the thought struck me as I enjoyed God’s artwork, “every work made by man put together does not compare to the complexity and perfection of one scene in God’s museum…and this earth is under the curse of sin!”
We spent our first day off the trail driving around the park and admiring the beautiful sights. This is when I found God’s greatest masterpiece; the most inspiring and interesting of all His art, men. I was surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and the streams, majestically carving out a scene of God’s glory, but every time we passed people, they stole the show. I couldn’t help but to watch them, to admire them, to be in wonder of their behavior and the unique makeup of each one. And though each person is an incomplete work of art, they are His greatest masterpiece. Out of all creation, in His eyes, we steal the show.
“When I consider the works of your hands…what is man that though art mindful of him?”
As I looked at the incomplete works of art as they rode their bikes down the trails, fished in the streams, and enjoyed the company of their companions I couldn’t help but notice that there was missing in each of them a mark of their maker. You see, the paintings of men are never complete until the painter is painted in.
Don’t forget how valuable you are. He painted you into His masterpiece!Firtst three pics taken on my Motorola Droid during vacation. Last pic via www.creativemyk.com.