Beauty Around Me

Knowing God has made me look at food totally different. I mean, really, totally different. Where I once saw everything around me without purpose or meaning, I now gaze my eyes up to the Creator of the universe. The One who made this earth and the stars and the sky. The One who so carefully and respectfully hand-knit us human beings together, each with our own special DNA, physical appearance, personality, voice, eyes and hands! The One who made all the majestic creatures such as wolves, tigers, lions, eagles and owls. The One who covered this earth with His love, pouring beauty over it – beauty that is a representation of His character, His unseen qualities, His creativity, His love.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20, NLT

Isn’t that beautiful? And what eternal power and divine nature it is! He’s the One who created the tiniest, most unseen creatures at the bottom of the ocean and also manifests His power through wind, rain, and tornadoes. There aren’t enough words to describe the magnitude, beauty, creativity, and awe of His creation.

Like I said, entering into a meaningful, loving, and personal relationship with God has changed my life. The way I see everything around me has lit up and magnified. In the past, nothing made sense; everything was without purpose, without wonder. Now that I know and experience this amazing, perfect God with a love so intense I feel like I could explode sometimes, I see everything around me as finely crafted beauty.

And that’s just what it is – it’s finely, divinely, creatively crafted beauty, that, if you look closely, shows you who God is and displays His character.

He makes life delicious in many ways. He makes life delicious in every way.

Okay, He’s just decadently delicious Himself. Can I get an Amen?

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8, NLT

Once you get a personal, intimate, real taste of Jesus Christ, it changes your entire world. You are never the same again. Because you realize that there is a God who created you, who made you, who wants you, who thought of every detail about you before you were even conceived – a God who loves you more than what is evenly humanly comprehendible. And when you come to realize this and taste who God is, your whole world turns from grey matter into vibrant colour. From nothing into something. From meaningless into purpose. From dead to alive. Everything around you turns into this utopia of beauty as you get deeper and deeper into an intimate relationship with the One who created you. With the only One who can satisfy your heart because He’s the only One who made it.

He holds you, He protects you, He satisfies you like nothing else can.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4

And literally, there is nothing better. Nothing under the sun can compare to fully experiencing the love of the One who created it.

We all want to be independent human beings who are in charge of our own lives. The thought of God scares some because the thought of God means losing control, and we as human beings really do not like that thought. We like to be in control. I get that, I was like that. Right up until Jesus Christ entered my heart, all my concerns were focused on things like that. And you know why? Because up until the time I received God into my heart, I didn’t know God. I really had no clue what I was in for, or what I was about to experience. But through an act of faith, I reached out. Once He entered my heart and I tasted exactly who He is, I fell madly, passionately, desperately in love with Him. It wasn’t until I experienced Him, until He revealed Himself to me on an intimate level, that my whole entire old world melted away into nothing. Like a black and white drawing being smeared away by rain drops was my old world. He gave me a new world. One with a love so intense I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes! Like a veil taken off my eyes, I now see and love and experience God, and it changed my world from the deepest pit of my being to everything on the outside of me.

There is nothing better than Him. Nothing.

Now, I want every part of my life, my heart, my soul, my being, my world, to be His and His alone. To be guided, directed and kept by Him. To be in His hands. There’s some sense of false happiness in trying to control your whole world on your own and not letting your Shepherd, the One who created you, take you in His arms and hold you and love you and guide your life because He knows what’s best. It’s a sense of false happiness because we weren’t created for that, we were created for Him. We weren’t created to hold onto the materials that this world has to offer, we were created to cling to Him.

And trust me, he is beautiful. You want to be in His hands. His hands are sweet and loving and tender.

So, God is delicious. He makes life delicious for those who know and love Him.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:10, ESV

You know what else is delicious? Food.

And guess who created food?

…Well, I think you get the picture here.

Like I was saying, knowing God has made the world around me so vibrant with colour, so intense with love, so beautiful. So delicious! I look at food completely different, because food is a reflection of God’s loving providence, care, and creativity! How fruits and vegetables have different colours, textures, tastes, nutrient compounds. How some fruits grow on trees, others from the ground. The variety and tastes blows my mind! They are pleasing to look at and they are delightfully delicious. They nurture our minds and keeps our bodies healthy. I have this awe-stricken relationship with food, and I love chopping and cooking and baking things so much now that I see God in the vast variety of foods. I love food, because I love the One who creates and provides food. So, I wanted to share on this blog foods I make, foods I experience, and how it connects us with a loving, majestic Creator that is Jesus Christ. He blows my mind, and hopefully your mind can be blown too as you see and appreciate the beauty in food around you!

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