It’s hard to ignore the beauty in a clear sky after it rains. The sun breaks through the clouds, outlining them with pure white. Instead of water, you see rays of light rain down warmth. To top it off, this entire scene is set against a backdrop of crystal blue and snowcapped mountains.
God’s creation is truly breathtaking, and His handiwork cannot be outmatched. We look up, and we think “What a masterpiece!” But this is not God’s greatest masterpiece.
When we look up in awe, God sees our face and remembers His greatest work of art…us. Ephesians 2:10 says,
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
The Psalmist writes
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb” (139:3).
God Himself says to Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (1:5).
It’s hard to believe that when we look at our own lives. We see a mess, not beauty. We don’t feel as perfect as a clear blue sky or as majestic as the ocean. But Jesus did not die for the heavens, how picturesque they may be, and He did not die for nature below it. He died for us. Even though we’ve done Him the most wrong, we are His sweetest creature, the one thing He will never leave behind.
When the end comes, everything on earth and in the heavens will be destroyed. But out of all of His physical creation – every mighty mountain, every island paradise, every sunset and sunrise – we are the only piece He keeps. We are that valuable to Him.
And though it may not feel like it now, there is an amazing, beautiful transformation waiting for us.