Last updated on September 25, 2023
“He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
Joy, my younger daughter, and I stood before the glass artisan, anticipating his newest creation. The old, bearded man picked up a small, clear glass tube with callused hands and gently stroked the formless shape. The two-thousand-degree fire spewed from the dragon’s mouth, and we could feel the intense heat from a few feet away. While others came to the medieval fair for entertainment and sports, we came to enjoy the musicians and artists.
Would he create a dog, a cat, a dolphin, or something else from the dozens on display? Hundreds of discarded glass shards were scattered about on the table. If the broken pieces had been found elsewhere, someone would have thrown them in the trash. But in the hands of an expert, little creatures of beauty sprang forth. The man “knew” his creations before he sculpted them. He held the object to the flames as we stood transfixed, wondering what would emerge.
Unable to bear the suspense any longer, my daughter asked, “What are you making?”
The glass artisan glanced at Joy with a look of satisfaction. “I’m making a hummingbird.”
Hidden in the worthless shards of glass was beauty. A tiny bird with flapping wings, a high tail, and a long beak emerged from the cylindrical shape. The intricate creation looked like the little winged creature that visited our red hummingbird feeder in the summer. It was hard to believe something so delicate could be forged from the hot flames.
Watching the artist pursue with such intensity a dying art reminded me of the Creator who created the world out of nothing. God flung the stars into the darkness to form light. He shook the heavens to release droplets that blanketed the earth, filling the valleys with abundance. He carved the mountains as monuments that stretched into the sky. Everything God created was good. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’” Genesis 1:26). When God finished His work on the sixth day, He described everything as “very good.”
Even after humanity’s fall, God created beauty by devising a plan to rescue us. Despite the messes we make, God sees what we can become.
When we’re afraid, He loves us. When we fail, He provides another way. When we’re sick, He heals us. When we’re discouraged, He comforts us. When we sin, He redeems us. God has a plan when we don’t have a clue.
Even in our fallen state, the imperfections that mark us as sinners can’t conceal God’s image within us. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He promises hope, love, peace, and more. Our heavenly Father wants to have a relationship with us and gives us opportunities to serve Him. If we listen, we can hear His voice—never more than a heartbeat away. May we seize those intimate moments God gives us and not forsake our first love. Even if we fail, God will not abandon us. There is no condemnation, and we’re never alone.
God is the Author who penned the most extraordinary story ever written. He is the Artisan who formed the heavens and the earth. His Son is our Savior, and as we near the end of the church age, Jesus is preparing many mansions so we can live with Him forever.
Just as the artisan imagined his creation out of the broken shards of glass, the Master Artisan sees through the brokenness of our lives. He heals us and makes us new. As I contemplate the Wedding Feast, I remind myself I’m the bride of the King and, therefore, royalty in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“’ Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ And to her, it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
Today, the hummingbird sits on our bookshelf in all its beauty. I hope God will marvel at me someday, just as the artisan held up the hummingbird and nodded his approval. It would be wonderful to hear our Savior say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for making everything perfect in its time. Eternity beckons us to keep on, knowing that You created us for Good Works. May You receive all the glory and honor for the Good in us.