DayBreaks for 07/13/11 – The Hidden Things of God

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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1 thought on “DayBreaks for 07/13/11 – The Hidden Things of God

  1. You know i believe that what ever lives under the earth like the ocean can see even in darkness, and that what ever lives there understands who God really is and knows his voice, for without his command nothing would have come into existence.Rev. 5:13 – I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! 14The four living creatures said, ‘Amen,’ and the elders fell down and worshiped (HCSB).
    They really will talk and give honor to the Lord and God gave them their own little world so man wouldn’t go there and disrupt it like this earth. They are hidden and his shield is protecting them like under His wings he protects us. In Rev:21 he describes how beautiful the new holy city will be and all the dimensions The colors have to be beyond what we have here. I admire creative writing but can you imagine a world even better then the beauty he has given to man?Pearl,jasper,gold-like unto clear glass,sapphire,chalcedony.emrald.sardonyx,sardius,chrystoyte,beryl,topaz,chrysoprasus,jacinth, and amethyst. He sure knows his colors and gems and his city will be not lacking anything.
    You are so privileged to be able to go to these places and see what God has done with your own eyes, but God knows who to send for these things, he sent you because he knew you would share His knowledge with others i am very lucky to have you as my friend. Thank you! Blessings and Peace!

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