Another Word…by Gus Keiser

February 19, 2018

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

                                                                                                                             Isaiah 32: 17-18  

 Is the name Willard Wigan familiar to you? I would suspect not, unless you’re a real art connoisseur.  Wigan is a British sculptor who works in a very unique medium.  His very intricate carvings are usually only visible under a microscope.  I came across a video about him as I was watching some overnight TV at work.  He was born in England in the 1950’s and his early schooling was a trying experience because of dyslexia.  After a rather tumultuous upbringing, he ended up in jail for some petty crimes, and while there, began to refine his art skills, doing carvings on very miniscule objects, further honing his skills after his release to the point of being able to carve incredible and intricate works on grains of sand and granules of sugar.  His works, so tiny, have often been displayed on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

Wigan’s amazing craftsmanship serves as a reminder that even the smallest of things can make a stunning impact…little things like our homes. In the grand scheme of this massive and heavily populated world, our homes may seem tiny and insignificant.  And yet they possess the power to make a very loud statement about the gospel we believe and the God we serve.

Our homes matter. Whether we’re married or single, whether we live in some palatial mansion or a prison cell, whether we live in an impoverished neighborhood or some luxury community…God is able to transform any place we live into a “miniature masterpiece” that points people to his amazing artistry.

While we may never think of him in such terms, God is the ultimate Homemaker. We are his children, and as such, he’s told us that he is right now preparing a place for us in his heavenly kingdom, where we will live forever with him.  In the meantime, our homes here on earth can provide a foretaste of that heavenly home.  God wants your home and mine to reflect his heart and his grace.  He wants our homes to be a place where the reality and the presence of Christ can be felt, a place where the atmosphere is one of authentic love, kindness, and truth; a place where both those who live there and those who visit encounter the God of creation, love and family.           

So today, take a good look at your home. Beyond its possibly in-need-of-repair status, what does it communicate?  How well does it express the hospitable, gracious heart of God?

Loving God… give of your enabling grace to our homes. May your grace and love shine through our dwelling places and through the hearts of all who reside there.  Amen.

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