Finding God Outside My Window

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lessons From Creation

Spring blooms outside my window and the buds on the trees begin to sprout. Dandelions cover the grass and the flowery scents tickle my nose. Tulips, Dogwood trees, Rhododendron's and potted Pansies all make an appearance after a long winter's sleep. I once again am awestruck at the beauty of God's creation. What once seemed dead, lifeless, is now bursting with vibrancy, color and life. I never worry about the flowers not blooming come Spring time, or fear that the vegetation not grow... it just does. Every year at the same time Spring returns. The lessons displayed in all of creation never cease to bring me closer to the Lord.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;
Romans 1:20a

The Psalms paint a glorious picture of God's creation obeying His eternal power and thus bringing praise to our Creator.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
 Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
Psalm 98:7-8 

Imagine the sound of the rivers flowing freely as clapping their hands in honor of their King and the mountains singing in awe of His beauty. I can't help but think of Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in the the classic movie "The Sound of Music" singing those beautiful words: The hills are alive with the sound of music.

Ever since Adam and Eve, humans have been awestruck with the beauty of nature. Both believers and unbelievers alike seem drawn to the beauty of God's creation. Why is this?

I'm reminded of the words by Andrew Murray who was addressing the topic of absolute surrender to God.

"God has created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered, given over to God as He works in its beauty? And God’s redeemed children, oh, can you think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered? God cannot do it. God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but ah! this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes, and as God, He claims it."

The absolute surrender of God's creation allows God to show Himself through it and likewise make it into His own. I believe the same is true for us.

May the God of heaven and earth teach you, guide you and show you His beautiful creation this Spring!

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