The Flower Picture Story
The Flower Picture Story
By Graham Dull
One day I went walking for exercise with just my camera for company. I photographed a flower growing wild.
It is my habit to photograph flowers, wildlife, and the landscape; all those things I find attractive.
I note that the flower is not perfect. It has been damaged. Something has attacked it. There is a blemish on one petal at the eight o'clock position.
As I walk, I notice that some things are beautiful, and others not. I notice too that the beautiful things are never really quite perfect either.
So beautiful to behold
Yet so many things are so beautiful to behold that I see all around me the hand of a Mighty Creator. Whether I look up, or out, or down, whether it be day or night, I see the handiwork of One who is immensely great and powerful. I clearly see the hand of a loving God who is caring for His creatures.
If this is so, why then do I see the awful and the ugly?
The flower is only slightly damaged, and is still quite alright despite its little imperfection.
By comparison, the awful and the ugly that I so frequently see, can be extremely vile. It affects wildflowers, wildlife, and the whole landscape.
It affects ..., ..., ...!
It affects people. It affects our health, our appearance, and our relationships. It touches everything.
Wherever I may look, I see dark stains upon an otherwise beautiful world. Instead of beauty there is destruction, instead of life there is death, instead of joy there is sorrow.
I ask the question. Why on the one hand is this world so beautiful, so kind and giving, and adorable, yet so cruel and destructive on the other?
Jesus gave us instruction when he said that it was an enemy.
"An enemy has done this."
At the time of creation, God beheld all that He had created. He admired it, He proclaimed it very good. As it was very good in God's eyes, it would be absolutely perfect when seen through my eyes.
God observed everything he had made, and he saw it was very good.
Through the pages of this website I share my belief and trust in God, who I believe cares deeply for this world and everyone in it.
God's Revelation of Himself
Can we know God -- can we really know that we know God?
Our God has revealed Himself to the human family in many ways. He has clearly revealed Himself --
through His Word
through the life of His Son
through His Spirit
(1) He is revealed through His Word --
God's Word is our guide; it will direct us to God.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
(2) He is revealed through His Son -- Jesus is our Saviour to bring us to God.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(3) He is revealed through His Spirit -- God's Spirit is our Comforter so that we can live for God.
John 14:16, 17
I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter who will abide with you for ever -- the Spirit of truth.
God's Vision for His people
As God reveals himself to us, He also reveals a positive outcome for the human family and that which surrounds us. This world is destined for a glorious future. The world was perfect when it was originally created, and God will again restore it to perfection.
Revelation 21:5, 7
Behold, I am making all things new... He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
What a great joy it is to be a child of God. Note carefully that His promises are for each one of us. We are God's children, we are children of the King, and this future inheritance is rightfully ours.
Determine in your heart to know the full meaning of life, and live your life every day as a child of God.
Through the pages of this website, it is my set purpose to share the good news as given by the hand of God.
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