It’s common to experience God sightings in sunsets, geese in flight, ocean waves, and other aspects of nature. Nature reflects God’s creative finger prints the way color pallets, brush strokes, and painting styles point to a particular painter. Though this bent toward encountering God in the wild and natural world is a beautiful way to interact with God, we often miss God in one of his most accessible creations: other humans. There are close to 7 billion humans each who carries the Imago Dei. God sightings then do not require climbing a 14er or a trip to the beach but rather a glance across the table, a stroll at the mall, or a visit to the park. Today’s psalm is a prayer to help us see the Imago Dei in friends, family, and even strangers and enemies.
God, I see you in
A billion flakes of snow spilled from your playful hand.
Delicate prisms drifting down,
Fluked with geometric yet momentary slivers of light.
Each an inadequate expression of your face.
Now melting into rivers of free flowing grace.
God, Help me also see you in
A billion faces of humanity spilled from your artistic heart.
Intricate conceptions living on landscape harsh and grand.
Daubed with brilliant and eternal hints of you.
Each a single expression of your face,
Though even together not complete,
Fallen now like tarnished snow,
A vast gallery in need of everlasting grace.
Give me eyes of wonder and compassion
That see as worthy
The small and great, strong and weak,
Young and old, poor and rich,
Twisted and torn, them and us,
Because of your exquisite touch,
Let me see you
Even, yes, even in my enemy.
Read more about God the Artist in The Parable of the Artist.