DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… Notes and Chords

I would love to write a song.  Since I cannot read music, I sing like a wounded animal and I limit my musical instrument skills to the kazoo, I’m pretty confident that’s not going to happen.  But wouldn’t it be cool with nothing but a blank sheet of paper and a musical instrument to create something amazing out of nothing.  Out of all of the zillion of combinations of notes, chords and rhythms you actually create something that inspires, elates, motivates or soothes another person’s soul. Of course in doing that you would have to share something of yourself.  A songwriter can’t create without something of themself slipping out.  Each choice they make reveals to all that listen something about the songwriter. As a music fan, I don’t really understand how they do it; I just sit back and enjoy the wonder of their work.

In many ways God is like a songwriter.  He started with nothing and created a limitless number of wonders in the world around us. I know I said songwriters started with nothing but at least they had notes and chords.  When God created the earth not only did he decide that the sky would be blue, He had to create blue.  Just thinking of that makes my head hurt.  He created a world full of beauty and majesty.  But why?  Why did He bother?  Why not make the world black and white?  Surely it would have simplified things for Him.  Kind of like a musician composing hundreds of songs but only using 2 notes.  How hard can that be?  But remember what I said about how a songwriter can’t write a song without sharing themselves.  Our God is not a black and white God.

Our God reveals Himself through the Technicolor spectacular that we call creation.  When He made the tips of the waves foamy and the scent of fresh bread irresistible, He told us a little about Himself. And when He made fallen leaves crackle under our feet and kittens feel warm in your lap, He gave us a glimpse of who He is.  Can you imagine what He was telling you when He made sunsets and water falls and baby toes?  Man, I love baby toes.  It’s like each magical splendor in His creation God is saying “Look at this and see ME!”

Because you see the real gift of creation is not the peace and joy we feel when we let ourselves soak up the beauty around us.  The real gift of creation is God reaching out to you to share who He is.  Perhaps Psalms 36 says it best: Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Just look around.  The sunset shows He’s glorious, the waterfall shows He’s thrilling and the baby toes show He loves cute stuff just like the next guy.  See! God’s showing off who He is every day and in every way.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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3 Responses to DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… Notes and Chords

  1. Karen,
    What a beautiful writing about the way God reveals himself to us in creation and all out of his love to show us who he is. You are such a talented writer and God surely spoke through you here! I could feel your words just filling me up inside as I read………thank you dear sister….

  2. Karen Tripp says:

    Cheri- thank you for the kind words. I know for me, I first began to explore who God is by being amazed by His creation. I spent many hours as a teen hanging out on a secluded beach pouring my heart out to God and marveling in His wonder. To many days I take it all for granted so the devo’s a loud reminder to me to keep on lookin’!

  3. Nancy says:

    Hooray for baby toes!! I love those baby toes too!! My niece just announced she is pregnant and due in August. Soon there will be a new set of baby toes in the world.

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