I played on the worship team last Sunday for the first time since before our wedding ~ it was wonderful to be back! I took the past couple months off to focus on the wedding & moving in and such. I hadn't even been playing my piano very often until I started preparing for last Sunday, and I really missed it. It is such a part of my soul....creating music. What an incredible gift God has given us...what would the world be like without music? It would be pretty quiet. Have you ever thought about what a gift EACH of our senses are? And the countless blessings that come with each of them? What if we didn't have ears to hear music, or the sweetness of a loved one's voice? He has given us so many special things to make life sweet - things He didn't have to do. He didn't have to put flavor in food, we would eat it anyway just out of necessity. But He decided to give us so many incredible flavors to taste and smell and enjoy - herbs, spices, sugar, fruit...CHOCOLATE! And colors...so much beauty in the world to enhance our experience. He didn't have to create flowers and breathtaking sunsets, but He did. And the power of touch...how we respond to a hug, a kiss and....well I'll just stop there ;) He didn't have to create us that way, but He did! I've never understood how anyone could argue the existence of God...the evidence is all around us, it is overwhelming and undeniable to anyone who is truly paying attention.
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:20
So, we can understand the nature of God by merely looking at His creation? Well then, here's what I see (and taste and feel and hear): God values beauty. He loves to make things special for us, and expresses His love for us in so many extraordinary ways! He goes the extra mile and does far more than just meet our needs. How many days and years have I walked through this life not realizing this? Not really paying attention? I am so glad that, by the grace of God, He caught my attention...that He opened my eyes and heart to see the truth and believe it. But what about those who never do? According to this verse, man is without excuse. When we meet God face to face at the end of our life here on this planet, not one of us will be able to say "but God, it's not my fault! I didn't know!" Yes you did.