“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Have you ever taken the time to look closely at nature in some parts of the world when leaves change in the fall? How about taking a walk through nature to see all the different colors and how they come together? Maybe visiting a nature preserve to see what masterpieces can be made from the natural colors?
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere you can see all the vibrant hues of nature, you should enjoy it. There is something about watching a green landscape explode into a sea of flowing color that is different from day to day. There are even some people who travel from miles away, just to get a glimpse of this annual occurrence.
However, we all know that this is not the only place we can enjoy the wonderful colors in the world around us. At any time of the year we can see natural splendor explode in many forms. A sea of wildflowers in a meadow, tiger lilies along the highway that come out in brilliant orange when the morning sun hits them, or maybe the cherry trees blooming in DC.
There is no denying the colors we can find in nature and most times they blend into a majestic portrait without any help from man. Each one existing along side the other bringing forth something even more magnificent than just itself. There are artists who only study how to get such balance.
There is so much to admire about the natural world around us and the way there is peaceful coexistence. Sure, you could have doubters that are quick to point out the storms or other bad weather that we experience, but there is an awesome power as well and a discussion for another time.
If you really look closely or deeply ponder how everything in creation works together it is difficult to deny a higher power at work. Just the thought of an artist who paints with such vibrance on a canvas that is too large to fully fathom. This beauty we find in creation points directly at a God and creator.
Whether we are admiring the colors that come out in the fall foliage or that burst forth everywhere else, it is also an example for us to follow. As I pointed out earlier, everything blends together with no fighting or resentment that one is brighter or more prominent than the other. People should definitely take notice.
Everywhere you go in this world we find quite a diverse mix of people living in small villages or up to large cities. Some areas can be so spread out that you may not see a neighbor for miles or so dense that everyone seems to be living on top of each other. Either way we are thrown together in many different ways.
Every area of the world is also different with people coming in all shapes, sizes, and many other diverse traits. Each person adds to the tapestry that is being woven into a masterpiece. With everyone being unique, we should celebrate those differences and how they blend into the communities where they live.
However, we know that this does not happen. We spend far too much time and effort on pointing out why some do not fit in. We cover or try to paint over their part of the painting and insert what we feel should be there. God created each one of us in His image and no one should be trying to alter who He has placed where.
We see this pointed out in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” ALL things were created by Him and for Him.
Just as the color He created and placed in nature, so are we created and placed by Him. No matter who we are, our presence and story are meant to be where they are to accent everything around us for His glory. We find this truth in the opening verse and that we are all one with Christ.
We find how the early church portrayed this in the first part of Acts 4:32, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul.” We are all brothers and sisters in Christ that should be coming together as one, before we try to drive a wedge of our differences in between.
If we should recognize this first then we will find what is described in 2 Corinthians 13:11, “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” Coming together to live in peace with our neighbor while God is walking by our side. What could be better?
Unfortunately, in today’s society much of this may not be possible. We are hit from many different sources that point out any perceived short comings or ways some don’t fit the motif. But we can either allow ourselves to be sucked into someone else’s vision rather than God’s. Our Lord is the only influencer on how everything was created and fits together.
Join me in recognizing the value of everything that God has made. Not just the natural creations around us, but also all the people who we share this world with so that we can admire the extraordinary colorful beauty of God’s masterpiece. Let us see how each part fits together and remember that each of us were created to be a steward of His creations.
CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
With the seasons slowly changing and cooler weather has arrived,
The leaves begin to change with bright colors that seem revived.
The display is really quite lovely with a blend of orange, yellow, and red,
They come together perfectly as a majestic portrait is painted.
People drive, walk, or just sit to see nature’s beautiful display,
Frequent journeys made because the picture is different each day.
We can witness this colorful showcase even when it’s not fall,
If you look much deeper what does nature teach us all?
With so many different colors blended together for all to see,
With one not out doing the other living together in harmony.
This could be the same for people no matter the community,
Instead of trying to outdo each other but living together in unity.
God created man to watch over all of his creations,
Not to destroy each other and to conquer other nations.
We should celebrate our diversity and remember we are all flawed,
But we are also brothers and sisters, created in the image of God.
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