Why did God craft such a wonderful world for us to live in? I believe it is all part of His plan to woo us into recognizing what a masterful artist He truly is, and that He paints these masterpieces especially for us.
At his fiftieth birthday party my friend Peter was presented with an original work of art, a painting of a place in France where he had frequented as a child. Everyone at the party gasped at the artist’s thoughtfulness in creating such a masterpiece especially for his friend. The artist didn’t just pick something up at a store. He didn’t just order something out of a catalog. He spent an enormous amount of time, money, and energy to create a gift custom-tailored to touch the recipient’s heart.
God also invests an enormous amount of creativity custom-tailoring gifts that touch our hearts. Imagine something that you consider your favorite (your favorite animal, your favorite season, your favorite beach …) and realize it is a glorious gift from a God who knows your tastes better than you know them yourself. He designed the scarlet feathers of a cardinal long before I ever knew they were my favorite bird. He formed sugar cane before I ever developed a sweet tooth and crafted the cocoa bean long before I became a raging choco-holic. He inspired the lyrics to my favorite hymns centuries before I’d ever hear them. His world, my world, is overflowing with personal gifts from a personal God who loves me like no other can. Look around your world, and notice how certain aspects of God’s creation seem to have your name written on them, as if God is saying, “This is for you, especially from me.”