“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands” – Psalm 19:1
I’m one of those people who love to stare and gaze at nature. I have been privileged with a life by the sea. In the midst of the clubs and nudity in South Beach, there is nonetheless a certain redeeming quality to my hometown that is hard to explain – it’s just so beautiful. I enjoy the fresh and salty (and boiling hot!) feel in the air. It is what makes “home” what it is for me.
I have traveled to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and hiked the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in New York; I have enjoyed the beaches of Cancun and have been at the mercy of the beautiful Lago Atitlan in Guatemala. Wherever it is that I am, I cannot help but be in awe of the beautiful world that we live in. I hate, however, when I have to witness the destructive effects of man on nature – to see the nasty rivers and dirty bays. It’s sad when we witness the once great sight of the fields now tainted with the blood of fallen men and women spilled because of wars and genocide.
The Bible says, “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 men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20, emphasis added). How true that is! When we take a good look at the splendor of nature, can we honestly say that all of this came out of nothing?; that somehow the beauty and complexity of nature just came by itself? No. As one sees creation, it ultimately points the spotlights to a creator…voila, God! The greatness of the mountains, the breadth of the skies, and the roaring thunder of the rivers all give a glimpse of the great and awesome majesty of the God that we worship and obey. As the wind runs through our hair and as the birds chirp their sweet melody in the morning dew, there lays a certain refrain in creation that shouts “Glory be to our God!” The orderliness of our world, the intricacy of the plants and animals, and the apex of creation, us, cannot help but spring up and declare how great God is.
May we never lose sight of the wondrous world we live in. But more than that, may we by no means lose sight of Him who breathed all of it into existence. He spoke and it came to pass. His grace and mercy have sustained it to this very day and it is that same grace and mercy that holds our lives even now. It is indeed a miracle of God that our hearts keep beating though years may pass; the same power that created the universe is present and at work in our lives in the small, seemingly, “ordinary” things.
This great God wants us to enjoy His world. May we take time this day and take our eyes off the buildings and man-made monuments and simply gaze in awe at the majestic splendor of this world displayed for all men to see. May we see our insignificant and finite state that we are in, and then in worship and adoration look on at our God who is so much bigger than life itself -He holds everything in place.
The beauty of creation is indeed a small manifestation of the beauty of the One who made it. Glory be to Him forever!