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  • Writer's pictureShaun Nestor

A Beautiful Canvas

Sunset over the Gulf

We live in a beautiful, wonderfully made world! From the highest mountain range to the deepest ocean to the most pristine, modern architectural work, there are so many amazing sights to be seen.

To me, the one sight that never quite seems to be matched is watching the sunset (or sunrise) over the ocean! The crashing of the waves, the light glimmering off the water, the occasional seagull drifting over the waves. Nothing beats it! Any time I look out at the waves, it feels like God’s peace is washing over me with every wave. Everything feels… peaceful.

Recently, I was on the Gulf Coast looking at one such sunset. As I stood there, the waves creeping up to my feet before receding, with the beautiful canvas of the sunset setting over the water, I couldn’t help but think about the One who crafted the waves, the wind, the setting sun, and the birds overhead.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 NLT

The first thing we learn about God in Genesis is that He is a Creator, an Artist. With all of existence as His canvas, God painted a beautiful picture filled with stars and planets, moons and solar systems. But He didn’t stop there. He then focused in, adding detail. He created sea and land, mountains and valleys, plants and animals, and even all of the trillions of grains of sand I was, at that moment, standing on.

He created this vast, living display of art, beauty, and creativity and called it good. But once more, He was not done. There was something that He needed to add to turn the painting from good to very good.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.’

Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”

Genesis 1:26, 31a NLT

God called this world very good not because of these amazingly beautiful scenes of nature but because of the even deeper beauty, more intricate beauty that went into creating not only Adam and Eve but every man and woman who has been on the face of the earth since the beginning.

Including you reading this right now. Do you hear that? God called this world very good because you are a part of it.

“For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand—

when I awake, I am still with you.

Psalm 139: 13-18 NIV

God knows you, every single aspect of you. The good, the bad, the ugly, all of it. And yet He still calls this world very good with you as a part of it. The next time you watch a beautiful sunset or set your eyes on a captivating view, remember this: the same God who created that beautiful scene also created you. And He views you as even more amazing and wonderful than even the most beautiful landscape.

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