Radiance of Glory

Radiance of Glory

By Patricia Knight

Following sunrise, when the soft glow of early morning light filters through the labyrinth of tree branches, an ambience of autumn aroma and activity disseminates. As crisp, dead leaves spontaneously flitter to earth, a gentle breeze rustles individual leaves, composing a barely audible tap of percussive rhythm. The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. Perfect in beauty, God shines forth (Psalm 50:1-2).

From a window, I view the close proximity of a border of trees. Brilliant red totally encompasses the maple tree, apparently placed in the front line of duty, embraced on all sides with multi-chromatic hardwood trees; a proliferation of conspicuously sublime rainbow colors. In the immediate foreground, a filigreed, green cedar tree is superimposed on the deeply layered, adorned forest, creating slices of autumn colors in profusion.

In the wide open spaces where hills meet the sky and valleys separate hills, there exists a seasonal panoramic view of the vivid color spectrum of autumn hues proclaimed across wide stretches of geography, affirming that our Creator specializes in magnanimous beauty. The illustrious saturation of colorful hues, like a distant patchwork quilt, is a grandiose proclamation of God’s power and glory. “The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12), figurative language expressing that God’s creation joins in effervescent praise to celebrate the magnificent beauty with which our Lord surrounds His people in the physical world He designed and created.

Oh, how the Lord lavishes us with His adorning beauty! In the sunlight, God’s sovereign palette accentuates a wide range of flame-colored autumn leaves, which from a distant perspective, appear to mingle with puffy white clouds dancing across the blue sky. God introduces astounding color to our daylight hours, followed by twinkling galaxies of stars draped across a nighttime ebony background. “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 57:5).

God’s visible glory is always described in terms of brightness. Because this world’s beauty authenticates our Creator’s unique signature, all of earth is infused with His glory.

“The land was radiant with his {God’s} glory” (Ezekiel 43:2b).

There is neither time nor place where our Lord’s presence is not manifest in His handiwork. Let us glorify His majestic splendor with our praise of thanksgiving during every season of our lives!

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Thankful for God’s Color Palette

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Nothing I say can do justice to the wonder of God’s creation in living color. I am so thankful He loves us enough to surround us with such beauty during each season!

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Curls, curls, curls!

Tidbit Tuesday

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As you can see from the photo above—which is a couple of months old—I’m back to wearing my hair in its naturally curly state. I can still wear a straighter ‘do if I’m up to it, but it takes so much energy for me to get it into a straight look:

  • set it on those giant rollers
  • wait for it to dry (which seems to take forever)
  • unwrap my hair from one roller at a time, blow drying each one to ensure the hair is completely dry
  • use my straight iron on each curl to make even more sure it is dry and also to straighten it more
  • brush out my hair
  • use said straight iron again on the areas that refused to cooperate all those other times
  • finally done!

All this is extremely difficult for me these days, especially when you throw in the added problem of arthritis in my shoulders.

So what’s a gal to do? Go back to what God gave me! After 60-some years, I have decided to finally embrace my natural curls. Sad that it had to take so long, huh?

How about you ladies out there? Are you happy with your hair the way it naturally is or do you change things up a lot?

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