947. Creation betokens a Creator. ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is more completely
the child of art than a garden.
~Sir Walter Scott

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I often marvel at the Lord’s artwork in Creation, and one of the things I love most about our amazing Creator’s handiwork is God’s occasional bent towards the frivolous. I see in it in flowers like the pink dahlia in the photo, and when I do, again I know why we are implored in Scripture over and over again to rejoice in the Lord and in His ways. Clearly God sees merit in such because nature itself speaks profusely of the Divine’s joy and delight in it and all that He has made. Not only that but after each day of Creation’s work in Holy writ it says that God looked upon what He had made and saw that it was good. Since this flower and other frivolous entities are a part of Yahweh’s grand design, I believe that perhaps they are made especially for times when the human heart has difficulty finding much of anything in which to rejoice. After all we are not asked to rejoice only in the good times but at all times. In a poem I read this week the author purported that each of us is “God clothed in a body.” Inasmuch as we are made in His image and as believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, at the very least that perception is a good way of remembering just how sacred and precious we are in the eyes the our Creator. Thinking that way might also help us rejoice more when we look at ourselves in the mirror and when we look at others.

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. ~Psalm 68:4  ✝

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28 thoughts on “947. Creation betokens a Creator. ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

  1. the dahlia reminds me of peppermint ice-cream, and I love peppermint ice-cream–it’s a treat that I don’t often get to indulge in—when the big picture is so bleak and sad, it is the wise one who finds Glory in the tiny and nondescript –like a pretty little dahlia or a bowl of special peppermint ice-cream—thank you for the reminder—we may be sad, but God is not missing….
    Amen!

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  2. That is a beautiful pink flower photo. I love the simplicity of it. And yes, the Almighty creator is such a great artist. No only in the beauty he creates, but we also see his humor in some species, don’t we. Like some gourds are pretty funny looking, don’t you think.
    Beautiful reflection N. Have a wonderful Sunday.
    Love and hugs. 🙂 ❤

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