One of the most formative statements I’ve ever heard came from a class I took from Richard Mouw at Fuller Seminary. He said that God shines in all that’s fair.
Think about that for a moment. God shines in every good thing.
Think about the brilliant sunset you saw recently or the soprano nailing a solo. Now picture the struggling musician crafting a symphony or an architect designing a structure. What do all of these have in common? God is glorified through their excellent work and he revels in it.
As Mouw said, God shines in all that’s fair, whether it is sacred or secular. Even the poem I thoughtfully crafted in an English class assignment and the hymn that was penned two hundred years ago are both beautiful in his eyes.
Perhaps one might be more profound than the other—certainly the grandeur of Handel’s Messiah will stand the test of time against the works of Justin Bieber (please Lord, let this be true!)—and some things might be more beautiful in our eyes, but the good things we create certainly makes God smile.
There’s a melody that you can hear in the symphonies of Beethoven. There are lyrics to a song long forgotten etched into the chiseled statues of Michelangelo. There are even faint echoes of a forgotten beauty found in the flawless run of the downhill Olympic skier. The echo of the glory of God is found even in broken humanity. The song of creation is found in all that’s fair.
Do you find that God shines in all that’s fair?