“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)
Nature and art are the clearest ways I know to pause and draw close to the creative power of God. That sounds a little grandiose, but if you had spent the past week staring out at the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing to the shore, I think you would agree!
And it's not just the awesome and powerful sights of nature that impress me. Sometimes it's the smallest detail, like the way the mussel shells so much resemble a delicate butterfly in the sand.
Some other evidence of artistry from our week:
|Michael got a picture of me sketching in my notebook during our
first afternoon on the beach.
|Katy was queen of the sandcastle-making all week. She used shells for windows
and doors, and twigs as flags on top.
|Bayla showing off her beach finds: "This one looks like chicken!"
|One of the girls' new favorite things to do is to grab the camera and take a hundred pictures. Here's a portrait of Mommy by Bayla...impressive considering she used to come out with hundreds of pictures of her own fingers!
|Oh, yeah...that's more like it!
|Michael takes his sand castle-making very seriously, with moats and bridges and all
kinds of other details. We watched as the water moved in and obliterated
this sand village...quite exciting!
I am going to draw a new winner for my giveaway on Tuesday if I don't hear from our original winner by that time!
Thanks for your patience.