How many times did I hear my grandmother remind me to “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you…”? (James 4:8) I think “Nigh” was my first “Biblical” word that I understood to mean near…just from Grandmother’s repeated admonishment to me when I stayed with her.
Now I understand that when we draw “nigh” to any of God’s creations… the closer and nearer we come…the more revealing is His Word and His miraculous ways.
Anne and I, indirectly, were taught this in the international creativity class we took in Provence….our assignment was to use cameras to learn how to take close-up pictures of life…so they turn from pretty objects (so-so photos) into breathing miracles of life.
Now that I have a garden I see it every day…and depending on my distance from the flowers when I take a picture I can change the whole feel of my garden from a pretty little garden to an amazing display of God at work through nature.
Below are some examples of an okay photo I took (on the left) versus an amazing example of the beauty of life as I grow nigh to God. (The closer one gets while taking a nature picture…the more life we see within it…perhaps a bumblebee or drops or rain…an ant…there is always life within life.)
I could go on and on…but I think you ‘get the picture’….it is faith that draws us closer and closer to God through His creations to see His purpose for us unfold and display the magnificence of His love for us.
So until tomorrow…Let us all ‘draw nigh’ to God through all His creations…the closer we get to each other…the closer we come to God.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
We had a wonderful family birthday party for Rutledge late yesterday afternoon and evening. Walsh and Mollie gave everyone the best present ever with the jump room/water slide rental….the children never left it except to eat pizza and watch Rutledge blow out the candles on his cake…then it was back to the water slide.
Walsh spent as much time in it (with Eloise) than the rest of the children …Walsh is always a kid at heart and Eloise loved the water slide…pointing her finger to do it again and again and again. Throw in some watermelon and dance music and we had a fabulous summer birthday!