Finding God in Music, Nature, the Movies

How does the Lord speak to you? How do you experience His love, His presence?

My number one answer would be nothing less than through His Word, the Bible. All God’s promises are written there. Along with His purpose for you and me, His guidance and of course, His plan for the world.

Aside from God’s Word, I also experience His presence through music. There are times He speaks to me through songs. Lately, I have had some down moments and this was one song which I sensed that God used to comfort me:

There’s this line in the song: Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place which just really blessed me 🙂

Nature is also something that just amazes me and brings me much closer to the Lord. Whether it’s the quiet waves of the sea (or a body of water for that matter), the green majesty of the mountains and plains as they are covered by grass, the blue skies and the movement of the clouds — these move me to praise and thank God.

New Zealand has such amazing scenic places reminding me of God’s handiwork.

I have also experienced watching some films that really gave me a moment of introspection. It’s like God was saying something, reminding me something through the scenes of the film, the characters, even its music. One such film that touched me was the movie, The Age of Adaline. The story is about a woman who doesn’t age. While it may seem a good thing that a woman stays in the literal same age year after year, this reality was not something she can celebrate. After all, while she stays the same, all her loved ones continue to age and then die. The film reminded me that not all seemingly good things are really good for us. And that eternity is meaningless without the people we love, without God.

I am thankful that God can use any medium He wants to speak to us, inspire us and even rebuke us (Psalm 24:1).

From Problem to Opportunity: Houses Made of Tires in Colombia

What may appear to be a problem can actually mean an opportunity.

Colombians throw out more than 5.3 million tires a year, according to official figures. This means nearly 100,000 tonnes of rubber that can pollute the environment. But these tires that litter the roads of Colombia have now been used as materials to build unique houses instead, thanks to the efforts of  a 35-year-old environmental activist: Alexandra Posada.

Posada revealed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that she gets the tires for free “because it’s a huge problem for people to get rid of them.” She added: “They take thousands of years to decompose — which we’ve transformed from a problem into an opportunity.” When these tires are used as construction materials, “they become virtually eternal bricks.”

The houses made of tires are also a picture of artistry. See photos of the houses below:

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Based on reports from AFP
Photos: Eitan Abramovich/AFP