I watched her as she stood there and studied the wall in front of her: the edges, the corners, and the curves around the permanent objects that were fixed upon it. Slowly, she bent down, dipped her roller in the paint bin, lifted it just a bit to allow the excess paint to drip off, and, after a moment, placed it on the wall in front of her. In a steady rhythm, she quickly rolled the paint onto the large, bare part of the wall, back and forth, back and forth. Then her eyes started to squint and her motion became a little slower and more focused. She knew it needed to be exact – coming as close as possible to the fixed object on the wall yet keeping the paint only on the wall. She took a step closer, squinted a bit more in her added concentration, then slowly began rolling the paint in a downward motion. As she continued down the side of the object, unconsciously, the corners of her mouth began to rise, little by little. By the time the paint roller had reached the bottom, a broad smile, full of pride, accomplishment, and deep satisfaction had covered her face. She stopped to admire her work and I could almost here her say to herself, “Ah… that’s good!”

As I was finishing my time of observation, I began to envision what God’s smile may have looked like as He created this world and stated words such as, “Ah… that’s good!” And then, even more so, when He created humankind, made in His own image – “Ah… that’s VERY good!”

Genesis 1:26, 27, 31 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Your turn to share: What was one of your latest projects in which you felt great pride and satisfaction?