Soaking In God’s Beautiful Creation While Indoors

creationPain can threaten to take away our creativity, but Kerryn shares how she focuses on God’s creation and continuing her joy of creating.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).

Clearly God loves beauty and is quick to say when it is very good! When He created everything on our earth to enjoy, He made a point of soaking it in. In fact, He rested on the seventh day to really enjoy and absorb all that He had made.

As we’re all made in God’s image, it’s clear that we also are made to enjoy and need creativity and beauty. Since becoming ill I’ve really needed to be surrounded by beauty and creativity more than ever before.

I used to be very creative, engaged in crafts such as cross-stitching, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, quilling, spinning, tapestry, etc. Actually, I did anything that used my hands to create something of beauty or that was useful. Now it’s too exhausting for my body and brain. All crafts involve the imaginative use of color and I’ve really been missing the vast array of colors for my eyes to enjoy, as my hands work with them.

To compensate I’ve discovered something that caters to my creativity and need for color and beauty. It’s refreshingly simple and has become a prayerful meditation for me too.

I have a long glass coffee table near my lounge room windows. Each day I look out of my lounge windows to the gum trees, so my eyes are also drawn to that coffee table. A dear friend also needs creativity, beauty, and color. Together we plan and create a display for the coffee table. Each display centers around a couple of colors, a word sign, and a theme.

Since I’ve been ill I’ve purchased a number of word signs online, that feed me with creativity and positivity. My previous theme was “old and gold” and featured the word “peace” and contained precious china from my deceased grandparents and mother-in-law. A beautiful flowering plant was central to the beauty on the coffee table.

Currently I’m on a “regal winter” theme. Put simply I have a silver and white word, “dream,” with things that are silver or purple that help me to dream and plan positive and calming events. Shells and a starfish feature amongst candles, flowers, and a beautiful hand-made card from a Rest Ministries friend.

I find it interesting that simply focusing on the word that’s on my coffee table, and perusing the beauty displayed, lifts my heart and soul to the Creator of the universe. He is the One that has created beauty, color, and meaning that is very good. By surrounding myself with God’s beauty, I’m naturally drawn to worship Him.

What can you display that will lift your spirits and surround you with beauty and creativity?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the treasures amongst Your creation that lift our spirits. Help me to surround myself with Your creative beauty. Draw me to worship You, as my Creator. Amen.

About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.

Do you have precious things tucked away in cupboards that could be enjoyed on display? What colors calm you or lift your spirits? What trinkets, treasures or memories make you smile when you see them?

In this video Steve Green sings “Creation Sings.” As you look around you think of what you can do to bring more of God’s creation near you even if you are trapped inside. His works were made to bring us pleasure! ~Lisa

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6 thoughts on “Soaking In God’s Beautiful Creation While Indoors

  1. Very encouraging thoughts here! Hubby recently put a recliner on our screened porch so that I can be outside, and it has made all the difference to my state of mind! God made His creations beautiful, with us in mind. Thanks for the idea to create reminders inside, so that we can be inspired no matter our health, and no matter the weather. Will have my kids start collecting some nature items for an autumn table. 🙂

  2. Great devotion Kerryn. Being frequently cut off from God’s lovely outdoors is without a doubt one of the worst things about illness. Thanks for reminding us we need to find ways to keep that creative connection.
    Blessings.
    Karlton

    • Thanks Karlton. Yes, I imagine that your allergies keep you well inside at times. Praying you can find a creative connection that inspires & blesses you. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  3. Hi Shelly. Great to hear you were encouraged. How wonderful that you now have a recliner in your porch. It really does change the state of mind doesn’t it!! That has to affect & improve our bodies too.

    I beamed when I read that you “Will have my kids start collecting some nature items for an autumn table.” Oh yes, that will be wonderful. ☺

    We’re just going into Spring. When it was Autumn a friend brought around a few gorgeous small branches of Autumn leaves & I put them on display. Another friend laminated a variety of Autumn leaves for me to use as a placemat whenever I want a reminder of Autumn.

    I have a few photos of my displays, which I must put in my collection of photos on my Sunroom page. (I’d love you to share your photos in the Sunroom if you can manage it.) The photo above was a close up of part of my recent display. Currently I’m on a “LOVE” theme with red, gold & pink. Have fun! God bless. Lotsoluv Kerryn

    • oh I LOVE the idea of a placemat and I have a small laminator… maybe that can be a project with the kids later, they would just love that!! I’ll do my best to post come pictures in the sunroom soon… my laptop died, so I haven’t been able to be as active there as I’d like…. yet 🙂

      • Excellent! Glad that placemat idea was helpful. It’s still on display near the TV. Just can’t manage to put it away yet! Have fun with your kids. No pressure about the photos Shelly! It takes me ages to find energy to post photos. Lotsoluv Kerryn

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