“What may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them.
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”
We can become so focussed on what we would like God to do that we may easily forget what He has done.
If we will open our eyes and look around us we will see that we are surrounded by the wonder and beauty of His creation. All of it bears a mainly silent witness not only to His power and authority but to the breath-taking beauty and abundance that is a part of His nature.
The Psalmist picked it up and exclaimed in awe,
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
As I was preparing to write this I looked out of my window straight into the glorious blue head of an Hydrangea – a mass of soft, small petals joined together in an eye-catching display. And it felt as if the Lord was saying to me, “How about this one?” – with all the joy of an artist over a beautiful creation. He does it to me regularly with His endless variety of sunsets – and in the early hours when a small bird sits outside of my bedroom window and greets the dawn with the loveliest liquid song of praise. I wonder at times that he does not burst with the joy pourings out of such a small throat. And I say to God in wonder, ‘You did this, and You showed it to me so that I too might enjoy it and say, “O, it is indeed good!”
Then there are the majestic trees, the stately clouds riding on the invisible winds, the dancing shadows on a wall, the surging and laughing surf, and the chuckle of a child. And the wonder of it all is that He made me so that I can see them, hear them, smell them and fell them – and be touched by them in the silent depths of my spirit. And it is there that I can turn to Him in wonder and find that He is watching me and smiling joyfully at my delight.
This is what our Father longs for – to delight us with the truth of His love and beauty, even in the midst of a world that has looked the other way.
Stop – look – and listen. And allow Him to show you what He has for you today.
Lord open my eyes that I may see, my heart that I may love, and my spirit that I may rejoice and praise You. Amen.