Friday, January 24, 2014


For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:10

While teaching in China, Sandy and I went to Thailand during Chinese Spring Festival. We had just left an area of China that was brutally cold, and where the sun had been blocked out for days on end by a heavy blanket of coal dust and smog. In Thailand we felt like we had returned to the Garden of Eden. Lush vegetation, warm breezes, and the melodic language of the Thai people welcomed us. Sitting on the beach in the powdery  sand, we prepared for our first sundown in paradise. A Thai fisherman in a longboat was gracefully casting his nets as he rowed parallel to the shore. Like a giant orange ball, the sun slowly plunged to the horizon, streaking the skies with striking colors of orange, yellow, and peach. Multiple shades of blue reflected off the aqua and air palette that filled the easel of my camera lens. As the fiery globe dropped vertically, and the fisherman rowed horizontally, the three elements provided a magical intersection and composition. On the distinct line that separated the ocean and the heavens everything merged. Our eyes filled with tears as I zoomed in on the epic scene that presented itself.

A photo op of a lifetime.

This morning, just before writing these few words, I read from Ephesians. Over and over again I marveled at how God sees you and me. To our Creator, each of us is a masterpiece as original as every sunset, more beautiful than a profound vignette, and promised that our future is all set.

That thought, too, filled my eyes with tears of gratitude...

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