The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalms 19:1 NIV
Earlier this year, Janice and I went with friends to the immersive Beyond Van Gogh exhibit in Boston. As classical music played in the background, the works of Van Gogh projected on the walls and floor. Up close, you could see details commonly missed, items in a room, facial expressions, brushwork, and the choice of colors used. For example, in his work, Starry Night, you see the broad brushstrokes in the swirl of the night clouds and the muted radiance of moon and stars as they look upon a quiet French town in the hours before sunrise.
Van Gogh was undoubtedly a great artist, but compared to God's majestic works, he pales. In rising each morning, we look to the east, greeted by the stroke of God’s hand and the expansiveness of his palette. Looking towards the west in the evening, we experience this same beauty at the day's closing. Sometimes, after the rain, we see the rainbow colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet arched across the sky. All these natural works of beauty remind us of the glory of God and the asthenic of his creation. No matter how great, all artists merely interpret what the Master has already created.
Creator God, we thank you for the majesty found in your natural creation and the beauty you show us daily. As we look upon your mighty works, the sunrises, and sunsets, may we recall your glory and give thanks for that day. Amen.