DayBreaks for 07/13/11 – The Hidden Things of God
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.- Psalm 51:10
For me, one of the highlights of our recent road trip was visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park. If you’ve not been there, stop right now and go pencil it into your bucket list. It’s a must see – like the Grand Canyon.
We descended about 2 miles through the caverns to a depth of 750 feet underground, wandering among spectacular and strange wonders. At every turn, new visions would appear of shapes and colors and textures – all marvelous and delightful. I shot more pictures that day in the caverns than at any other single place on our trip.
When we came up out of the cave after several hours, I was struck with the wonder of what God had created in a place that only He could see for thousands of years. Why would God make such beauty, only to hide it in absolute, total darkness 750 feet below the surface of the planet?
I don’t presume to speak for God on this matter, nor to know His reasons, but I’d be willing to venture a few thoughts on the subject. First, I think God creates because He delights to do so. And much of what He creates has always been hidden from human eyes: things on the ocean floor, things in deep space that we can’t even begin to see with our most powerful telescopes. Yet, He created those things because it delighted Him to do so.
Then, I thought about the darkness of the human heart, and how it, too, like Carlsbad, is hidden from view. And God is at work there, too…slowly, painstakingly, over long periods of years, forming and shaping and changing the landscape of our hearts to more closely match that of Jesus.
When we look at one another, we see only the outside. We can’t see the inside. We can’t change our own hearts from sinful to obedient. It is work that only God can, and does do, day after day…unseen, but yet beautiful, too.
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful things you create in the hidden places of the world and in our hearts! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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