Wednesday, October 18, 2006

God's Movie

From our friend in Africa:
Did you ever wonder what it would be like if God made a movie? What story would he like to tell? What would be the theme, the plot and what would the music be like?

I attended a premier of one of his movies myself, on our trip. Its subject was the glory of God. The main players were colors, of course. They do this subject best. He himself is the casting director, and He really does know what he is doing.

The story unfolded as we moved through unfamiliar terrain. Purple hillside called us and we gasped at her magnificence. Yellow wildflowers ... yellow wildflowers (click to enlarge) vied for our attention with such intensity and passion. Massive in number were the yellow wildflower extras: A cast of billions, each one smiling at us. The greens deserve an Oscar. The grains alone are so multi-hued that it would take too long to describe them.

My favorites are the tiny triplets, teff. teff (click to enlarge) They are found mostly only in Ethiopia and there are 3 colors on the end of the grass like stalks. There is dark brown, red brown and my personal delight, iridescent celery green. The wind makes such a wonderful display swirling over the different teff's. Her dance is never ending and moved on with each new vista.

Then the venerable old acacia trees acacia trees (click to enlarge) with their dark, almost black trunks and deep green flat topped foliage, look so distinguished in their costumes of long fingered resurrection ferns. Some of them even had yellow flowers blooming. Then there are what I call the snow trees. For this showing, they don glorious tiny white blossoms atop each branch like a light snow has just fallen. Bamboo ... Bamboo (click to enlarge) with its lighter greens spring up in the most unlooked for places, careless fingers lifted to heaven begging to be noticed. Like selfish movie stars they wave in the breeze. Clouds float and gather and then dissipate again adding stark contrast and setting the mood of the moment. Sometimes in grey they look threatening, sometimes they create a sense of delight and fantasy in white.

A finale came upon us quite unexpectedly. Thistles ... Thistles (click to enlarge) of all things, with purple flowers the size of a baby's head. They added to the display a faint (wish-I-could-do-more-but-I'm-just-a-thistle) fragrance. They obviously stole the show despite their false modesty.

The movie is playing at outdoor theaters near you. You will have different actors, but you will be no less awed. If you can't get out, ask to see it in some other medium. Or perhaps you could go and play it out for someone else (a la David in the Psalms). Let the worship overwhelm you and then let it spread to someone else, till 'the whole earth is full of his glory.'

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