Romans 1: 20: For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For many years I’ve taught on how we can know and see God through His creation. It says it well in that verse, His creation leaves us without excuse. I’ve taught from the Bible using butterflies, trees, lions, canker worms, snakes and yes, babies and people, to show how we know there is this mighty and all- powerful God by observing what He has made. Do you ever look at the flowers in your garden in awe of the beauty which lies therein? How about the different colored birds, and their beautiful songs? Someone posted a close shot of the wing of a Dragonfly, and it looked like a stained-glass window
In 1897 a little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote the editor of the New York Sun, asking him if Santa really existed. His quick response is still quoted and reprinted today, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” His response was wonderful, but we aren’t here to discuss Santa. I just wanted you to know we can answer those who question, “Yes, there is a God, look at His creation.”
The older and busier we get the more we tend to stop smelling the roses, so to speak, but having a new puppy has opened my eyes anew. When we go out to attend puppy business, we never just go, do, and return. No, we have to sniff every trail of ever creature large or small who has traversed our territory since our last expedition. We have to cock our head, (talking about him, not me), to each sound, whether a truck on the road, a birdcall or laughing kids. Barking dogs are a special treat, and we have a lot of that. He sniffs every flower I have blooming, something even I have neglected lately. He is easily distracted by a squirrel, or other small animal. If it’s dark out, certain sights and smells unknown to me in my human capacity, cause us to run quickly back to the house. I am more than happy to follow when it’s two in the morning.
My pup’s name is McQ, but I at times call him, Dora the Explorer, because he finds it to be a special treat to sniff and try to eat everything he finds, some things which are quite repulsive to me. But, during this particular season of my journey without my Chuck, I was beginning to ignore nature and the beauty bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. My little, yet not quite as little as last week, McQ, has made me stop and just admire God’s handywork. What an artist is our God! He gifted us with not only nature, but brilliant people who sing and write extraordinary, symphonies and arias. Let’s not forget the jazz, blues and yes, rock and roll. Even whales, sing. I’ve heard them.
The ocean can only go so far, every star has a name. The heavens are witness to His glory. How can we not worship such and mighty and powerful God, who not only made the beauty upon the earth, in the skies and beneath the seas, but He created us?
This week I encourage and challenge you to observe His creation and then thank Him and worship Him for it. I close with this verse as food for thought. Until next time!
Ephesians 2: 10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.