Beauty in Brokenness

"He has made everything Beautiful in it's time." Eccl. 3:11

Everything Beautiful

on April 23, 2013

Sometimes I read things and they just strike a chord.  This morning I opened up to Psalm 104. I have read it before but hadn’t really paid it much thought.  Today it was a huge blessing to me.

God made everything.  But do you ever stop and think about that.  He not only made it, He sustains it, continually provides for it.  Creation is not exactly the same as the first day it was brought to being.  It cycles, constantly renewing itself moment by moment.

Everything on earth is His.  He commands it all and provides for everything.  There is always enough.  Even more than enough.  There is always plenty.

God is not efficient.  He is generous and abundant.  He doesn’t make the most of what He has, because He has it all.  Therefore, He does whatever He wants with it.  He doesn’t need to be resourceful because He is the source.  He doesn’t need to conserve because He is endless, eternal. All things come from Him because He is everything.

The passage talks about how He provides us crops for food, and he provides the crops with water.  He takes care of all of our needs.  Not just our needs, but the needs of all of His creation.

However, not everything has a specific purpose.  He makes grain for bread, oil for food, and flowers for beauty.  They are not an after thought just created out of the leftovers of His creation.  They are specifically designed and planned for by the Creator of the Universe.

Why?

Because He wanted to.  Because it gives Him pleasure.  Because He does what He wants (and it is good).

That is the God I serve.  That is who is providing for me.

Think about it.  The earth is God’s kingdom.  He created Heaven and earth, and He occupies them both.

If it was compared to a dwelling place, it is not a stark, bare studio apartment.  God is not a minimalist.  He does not conserve His resources.  He does not hold out on us, or save the best for just Himself.

I am glad that God is not like me.  I am a minimalist.  I hate extra.  If I were there when He was creating the world I probably would have been the girl in the back saying “Do you really need that?”  Don’t go overboard!” “Those humans don’t deserve that stuff, they don’t take care of anything.”

But He doesn’t care.  He is generous, abundant, willing to provide more than we can ever ask or imagine (or deserve).

This is my God.

Remember His character.

He does not withhold anything.  Or keep it all to himself.  He could easily create a beautiful heaven and leave the earth to its own brokenness and filth.  But He doesn’t.  He gives us glimpses of His beauty and mercy.

Why?

Because He is beautiful.  He loves beauty.  AND He loves us.  He wants to experience all of that together.  He wants to dwell here among us.

This isn’t some hippy, love nature, be green type of post.  Yes, we should take care of the earth.  But that’s not the point I am trying to make.  God cares about His creation, but He cares infinitely more about us.  He made everything for His own glory, but to share with His children.

Creation is not just about physical, natural beauty.  It is an example to the life He wants us to have with Him.  God values to beauty of living.  Life is only beautiful if it’s lived with Him.

Ecclesiates 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

John 10:10 “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Psalm 104:15

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