It was a warm July afternoon and the room was full of academic scholars, financiers, and movers and shakers in the agricultural world. They were gathered in this stuffy room to watch the timid man who now made his way slowly to the lectern in front of the room. This man had some revolutionary experimental data to tell them about that would change the world and thirty minutes to tell them about it.
The man reached the podium and nervously looked down at the stack of note cards in his hands and mouthed the words "Mr.Creator, i need you now." He then laid the cards down out of sight and calmly looked up and introduced himself and began to tell these "Educated" individuals about a really, really big God and what He could do with a really, really small peanut!
George Washington Carver wanted to help Southern sharecroppers: their soil was exhausted from years and years of growing cotton and the boil weevil had destroyed thousands of acres of new crops. Mr. Carver needed to find alternative crops to restore the soil and create new markets. Carver, the President of Tuskegee Institute, turned to the Lord for help.
George Washington Carver was one of our great scientists, and he often prayed, addressing God as “Mr. Creator.”
One night he walked out into the woods and prayed, “Mr. Creator, why did you make the universe?” He listened, and this is what he heard: “Little man, that question is too big for you. Try another!”
The next night he walked into the woods and prayed, “Mr. Creator, why did you make man [meaning, the human race]?” He listened and he heard this: “Little man, that question is still too big for you. Try another!”
The third night he went into the woods and prayed, “Mr. Creator, why did you make the peanut?” This is what he heard: “Little man, that question is just your size. You listen and I will teach you.”
"Mr. Creator" did teach George and as you may already know, God used George Washington Carver to invent some three hundred ways to use the peanut.
I read this story and then my mind is drawn to this passage.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." ~Psalms 19:1-6
I have had a strong desire to begin to learn Hebrew and how to read it. I have never desried to do this before, but I am drawn to it and it is just a matter of time before I find myself up to my eyebrows in the levels of this beautiful and complex language.What I have been finding is an absolutely stunning display of God in this language.
In Genesis chapter one, there is a little mark referred to as a "Yodh" that is placed in some really significant words.
You would pronounce it as "Yud".
The Yud in a word designates the name of God Adonai and what I find amazing is that in Genesis this little mark is in everything that is created .
As Yud is the smallest letter and powerful significance is attached to it. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus mentioned it during the mention of the Law when he says: "One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Jot, or iota, refers to the letter Yud; it was often overlooked by scribes because of its size.
As you read through Genesis one this little mark is placed within everything that God created. "Light", "firmament", and on down the line.
You find the Hebrew word for Light, and right there in the middle of that word, is one of these little marks. God's signature is on everything that He creates! His signature is in everything that He has created.
As an artist this blows me away.
You sign your name to an expression of your self that you have just created. It tells everyone who sees it, who created it and it literally shares their life with you. The art work or music is an expression of the person who created it, so in essence you are looking at their life on display.
An Artist is defensive about their work because it is not just a picture or a piece of music that you are seeing, it is their inter most feelings and emotions on display in the image created, colors used, or notes and words arranged and on display.
Their inter most thoughts and feelings are on display for the entire world to see and hear.
Creation speaks of its creator.
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these things that the hand of the Lord wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." ~Job 12:7-8
I like the way Paul talked about us as God's masterpiece.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."~ Ephesians 2:10
You do not have to believe this in order for it to be true. You were hand designed by the creator, and you are an expression of Him. There are so many arenas and galleries that He designed you to be displayed in and more than ever, He wants people to see you because when you are surrendered to Him, He is on full display and when people see you they are seeing Him.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfullyand wonderfully made : marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." ~Psalms 139:14
I want to challenge you today at some point to take a moment and look in the mirror and say, "_(Your Name)____, You are God's masterpiece! You were created in His image and His signature is all over your life. He does not make junk, He made me to display Him!"
The gallery is full, and people are looking to see the heart of "Mr. Creator" on display. What are you waiting for?
Climbing with you,