an Ode to Creation

When people ask, “How do you know God exists?” what better answer do we have than to tell them to look up. To look out. To look around. To look away from their phone and away from their struggles and away from the ugliness of the world and point their attention to Creation. It’s baffling to me how someone can look at all the beauty and all the complex designs of nature and still insist that everything exists simply by chance.

all of creation

“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.” -Romans 1:20

God’s design and evidence of his existence is everywhere. God is an amazing Artist. He designed the flow of water over rocks and He orchestrated the music of the wind blowing through the trees. God designed every detail on the wings of butterflies and He moved the shape of the mountains. Enjoying God’s creation over the past few days has compelled me to think about two things.

The first is, if we can look at creation and say, “Yes, all of God’s creation is beautiful. All of it is good and wonderful.” Why do we not look at ourselves the same way? Are we not part of God’s creation? We can look at a river, and we can see that the creatures living within it serve a specific purpose. We can read and learn about how each organism benefits the next and how no matter the size, shape, or complexity of the organism, each is vital to the grand design of the ecosystem within the river.

God placed each species on Earth in its specific environment with its specific capabilities to enhance the lives around it. That includes me and you. Because we as individuals are a beautiful part of God’s grand and glorious design, we can say the same things about us.

We serve a specific purpose in God’s creation.

Our life is beneficial (whether we realize it or not) to the lives around us.

Because we know this, we can be assured that we are not useless. We have a purpose. We are beautiful and designed with a purpose just like all of the rest of God’s creation.

The second thing I have been thinking about, is the fact that all of God’s creation reflects His glory. This means that we, as a part of God’s creation, also reflect his glory. As beings created in the image of the Son of God, do we completely reflect His glory? Do I live in a way that reflects Jesus himself? My life should be a painted picture of God’s love, mercy, and grace. All of creation shouts back the majesty of the existence of God.

All of my actions, all of my words and thoughts should serve as evidence of God’s existence. They should serve as a living testimony to God’s providence and His love and compassion that He showers all over creation. This means that anyone who comes in contact with me should be able to walk away saying that they can see God living within me. Just as we can see evidence of God in the design of the leaves of the trees and in the intricate parts of a ladybug, others should see evidence of God within my life.

Ultimately, we should trust that we are part of God’s magnificent creation, and that just the same as the butterflies, otters, flowers, and algae, we serve a specific purpose in God’s grand design. This also means that we conduct our lives accordingly. We are to live as part of God’s creation that reflects His glory. Evidence of God’s majesty is everywhere, we just have to pay attention.

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