Daily Devotions

Above the Dome

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“And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.” (Genesis 1:6-9)

 

The ancient people created their belief system based on what they could see with their eyes. My mother’s side of the family were from small towns in North Dakota. North Dakota is flat and most of the trees you see were planted in the early 1940s to serve as natural windbreaks. If you’ve been to rural North Dakota, you know that looking in the distance you could swear you can see the curvature of the earth. I believe the writer of Genesis saw the illusion of the curvature of the earth and understood it to be in the shape of a dome. The dome was a way of explaining something beyond our understanding.

 

The dome separated the water from the sky. We have telescopes that help us see planets, and vast solar systems. We have planes that fly to - and beyond - the limits of the dome. We have rocket ships that have landed on the moon, and moved beyond the rings of Saturn. Yet, as brilliant as our technology, we are still grasping at mysteries beyond our understanding. Are there black holes that suck us into different places far, far away from our solar system? Are there worm holes that that shoot us through to different dimensions in time?

 

We are still not too dissimilar from the ancient writer who tried to grasp the skies beyond the dome. There remains so much we may never know about God’s creation. Like the ancient writer, we must trust, and continue to worship the Creator. I, personally, am not frustrated by my lack of understanding. The glory of the vast power of the universe is comforting in that God’s vast creation is always more than we can understand. Now that is a Creator worth affirming, and a God worthy of our praise and worship! Amen!

The Artist’s Way

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In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2)

 

Artists are amazing. They take a blank canvas, piece of paper, or even block of clay and see so much more. It looks empty and void of life. As the artist slowly takes large lines across the medium, life of flow and movement begins to develop. As the artist adds color and texture to the piece, the art begins to develop its own soul. I have a friend who makes guitars. He rubs and plays with the wood. It is as if the wood is telling him how to shape and mold itself into the guitar it was meant to be. With each new layer of paint, the canvas speaks to the art, and guides the movement to the fulfillment of its creation.

 

It makes me wonder if the divine Artist of the Universe creates like so many artists. I can imagine God caressing the earth, wondering how it will lead the divine One to create the flow and movement of this new creation. As God rubbed the earth, God’s nail scraped its surface and the Grand Canyon was formed. God’s divine breath breathed on the earth and the dust formed the Sahara Desert. Little bends and folds created breaks that formed Madagascar separate from Africa, Great Britain from the European coast, and Taiwan away from China. Once the shape of the earth was formed by the hand of God, layers of water and vegetation were added to the creation.

 

This process continued until the creator transformed nothing into something creatively magnificent. Why did God create the universe and then the earth? Why does any artist create? It is who the artist is. At God’s very core, is a creative artist. God cannot not create. Now the sculptor, whose amazing creation is placed in the city center, must rely on the community leaders to keep it safe and clean. How sad that God has left this marvelous creation, and we have left it broken and filthy. It is as if we let someone took a sledgehammer to the sculpture and then never washed off all the bird droppings.

 

Today, offer God your prayer of thanksgiving for creating such a magnificent piece of art. Now, ask God to fill your heart so you can love and appreciate this wonderful creation as much as God does. If God blessed us all with that gift, we would take better care of our environment. My mother was an artist, and I would never intentionally damage her creations. How in the world have we done so much to trash God’s greatest artistic achievement? Find one thing you can do to help clean and respect God’s great work of art.

 

 

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