Funny how you look at something sitting in a shadow box and it seems you are seeing it for the very first time. An item you have dusted and adjusted for years only to have your eyes opened and see the God’s glory all over it.


“Wherever you cast your eyes, there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of glory.” ~John Calvin


The breastbone of the catfish leaned in a shadow box for years reminding me of the day I was on the boat pulling crab traps from the water and discovered His message written in nature.


My children’s grandparents would harvest crabs for local restaurants in Biloxi Mississippi.  I would sometimes ride with them and help.  We would take the small-motor boat and come along side of milk containers spray painted orange, floating on the top of the murky waters of the Back Bay.


A long wooden stick with a hook screwed in would be extended to catch the milk carton.  Then with leather gloved hands we would pull the slimy rope until the trap was revealed, usually filled with blue crabs and a few salt-water catfish.


Opening the cage with great care to not fall out of the small boat, or allow any of the treasured crabs to escape, we dropped them into the white pail.  Warm salt spray would hit your face with the sun baking it dry within minutes. I was thankful for the experience and thankful as well, this was not a way of life for me.


One day, as I cleaned the cage to add new bate, I found the breastbone of a fish.  It looked like a crucifix, with the impression of Christ hanging in the center.


Creation proclaims God’s handiwork.


Through out nature we can see  God if we will look.  He points to His love for us, and He points to Christ.  He embedded these things before the first person walked the earth.


The Mark of the Maker is on everything He has created.


As a craftsman marks His work, God has marked his creation.  A signature so we can see Him all around.


God has hidden clues to who He is and how much we are loved in the things that surround us.  They are gifts to us.



God has written His name and His message on all things!


Each time we see His signature it translates,


To my child, with love,




The problem is, we seldom slowdown enough to see, and we seldom remember to look.


God fills our days with testimony of Himself  in creation surrounding us.


It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2)


Our joy, and our glory is to seek out the testimonies that surround us.  To see with new eyes His glory!


And, to speak with renewed joy testimony of Christ.



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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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