I love flowers. When I travel, the flowers are my favorite photographs. They’re different everywhere you go… Flowers growing in Hawaii are different from the flora and fauna of Central Europe. A good close-up of a single blossom captures my attention, and I’m always amazed at the tiny details God put into creating such a delicate blossom on a small plant in a great big world!
I think that’s how it is with people too. God put such amazing detail into one persons eyes or cheekbones or fingers out of all the people on the planet. The delicate shape of a newborns fingers. The fine little lines in the iris of the eye. The beauty that is the hand… Strong, serviceable, incredibly detailed.
What about the ocean? Beneath the waves and waters are a stunning variety of sea creatures that we can only read about or imagine… All created by God for His own good pleasure. All in intricate detail… Have you ever examined a starfish?? God’s image and fingerprints are all over our world.
I love to paint flowers, but I get really caught up in the details. It’s hard for me to focus on the overall beauty of the whole rather than the fine details, the light and shadow, the intricate changes in color. I love to draw the human face, but again I get caught up in the details of the eye or the nose rather than the beauty in the full structure of the whole face.
I’m thinking of the old song we used to sing as children, “He’s got the whole world in His hand.” Even though God created the whole world and everything in it, and even though God carries the world, us, in His hand, God still focuses on the details. God still cares whether I’m having a bad day. He still watches over the tiniest sparrow, He weeps over the death of every unborn child. That’s a God I can follow. That’s a God I can give my heart and soul to.
The featured image is a photo I took last year in Morocco. These beautiful Impatiens were growing out of a stone walkway. Right in the middle of all the stone, no dirt in site, these beautiful flowers persevered and grew tall and strong. They spoke to me of how God can make beauty from ashes. Isaiah 61:3