Week 50: The Great Architect

I had plugged my iPod into the radio converter I purchased a few months back in an attempt to save money and space on burning multiple CDs, opting to listen to a steady stream of music without the ads, news or other tidbits of sometimes useless information during a brief 30 minute trip back to downtown from Blaine, Minnesota. I rounded a curve on I-94S and the skyline of downtown Minneapolis came into view, leaving me breathless, as it usually does. The road lay before me, leading into this man-made wonder.

Just as I approached the fourth street exit, a song by Owl City came on…a one man band from this very part of the state: Designer Skyline. I couldn’t help but smile and be awed by the ideas and level of creativity that God has given man.

Affection, the gifted architect
Is making a draft and beautiful design
The options and possibilities
Are endless when we connect and re-align…
Until I’m convinced these plans are picturesque
Like the mountains in the Midwest…

A city sparkles in the night
How can it glow so bright?
The neighborhoods surround the soft florescent light
Designer skyline in my head
Abstract and still well-read
You went from numbered lines to buildings overhead.

I sometimes wonder if Adam Young (the voice behind Owl City) wrote that last part about the Minneapolis skyline. Granted, the skylines of San Francisco and New York City are gorgeous too…but it pales in comparison to Minneapolis (at least in my humble opinion).

God created all that we see. He created you and… He created me. On His creation, enabled through Christ, He bestows His unfailing love affectionately. God is the Great Architect. He started with Creation, followed it up with the flood (I firmly believe that this is where the mountains and the Grand Canyon came from – just to name a few wonders on this terrestrial planet) and He continues, with each changing season. He gives ideas to men, who then work to create such wonderful masterpieces, from David by Michelangelo to the art at the Walker Art Museum, the works in the Sculpture Garden to the downtown skyline, the Statue of Liberty to the monument in DC…the list is endless.

We serve an amazing, creative God. How majestic is He!

Psalm 8 NLT

O LORD, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
to tell of Your strength,
silencing Your enemies
and all who oppose You.

When I look at the night sky and see the works of Your fingers –
the moon and the stars You set in place –
what are mere mortals that You should think about them,
human beings that You should care for them?
Yet You made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything You made,
putting all things under their authority –
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds of the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims in the ocean currents.

O LORD, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!


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