“The earth is filled with Your love O LORD;
teach me Your decrees”
God is a God of Love.
What do we see when we look at the world around us – a glass almost empty or one filled with wonderful things? I know when I look at my garden I tend to see the gaps – and when I look at somebody else’s garden I focus on the plants. Just so, it is easy to bemoan the problems and difficulties in my life and to overlook, or take for granted, the blessings and privileges.
Paul reminds us that,
“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 men are without excuse.(Romans 1:20)
The poet William Blake began his poem Auguries of Innocence with a ‘quatrain which captures how the beauty of nature and the universe is often in the small everyday details’:
“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”
I have walked through the lashing rain, with the thunder crashing around me, the lightening flashing through the night, where the wind was a ‘torrent of darkness’ and the moon ‘a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.’ I have watched the sun-kissed waves surging powerfully across a purple ocean; listened to the haunting cry of a fish-eagle piercing the morning mist; watched a daffodil shoot break through the wintry ground and felt the sunny beach warm between my toes. I have heard the contented murmurings of birds in the early morning light, marvelled at the soft and the passionate sun-sets, looked in wonder at a single flower in a vase, studied the intricate tracings on a leaf, and been struck with awe at the fragile medallions created by a spider as they glistened on the soft lake-side grass in the early morning light.
Their message is always the same. God is alive – and He is so good.
Turn from the clamour of the world for a while and look at God’s creation – let it speak.
Father help me to see, to marvel and to hear – for You reveal Yourself in what You have made. Amen.