What Nature Can Teach Us About God
I have previously written about how nature brings glory to God, but I feel that it is time for me to re-touch the connection between God and nature. Last week I was in Colorado with my youth group, and while I was there, I began to see very clearly many of the things which nature can teach us about God. Now I want to share those things with you.
Walking through a meadow with the rocky mountains for a backdrop, I spotted a chipmunk. I was immediately struck by the contrast between the size and grandeur of the mountains and the chipmunk. The mountains towered high, reminding me of God’s greatness and omnipotence. In contrast, the chipmunk was insignificant. Thousands of them could inhabit the mountains without even causing much of a stir.
Even so, it was evident that God put just as much effort into and cared just as much for the chipmunk as for the mountains. An architect would have to put much more thought and effort into designing a skyscraper than a toy house, and he would be much more proud of the building than the toy. Yet God is unlike any man. God knows all the details cracks and crevices of the mountains, but he also knows everything about the chipmunk, and he cares for and takes pride in both.
A few days later, as I was walking through a grove of dead and dying trees, I witnessed several trees which were rotting and turning back into dirt. Growing from and around the decaying trees were many young, vivacious trees. God, in his wisdom, knew to design the world in such a way that it would replenish itself. As old things turn to dust, new things spring up.
Even though God did not wish for death to enter the world, in his foreknowledge he knew to design it in such a way that even in a fallen state it would continue to produce life. In this, I see God’s omniscience and wisdom. I also find an abundance of grace and mercy in this. God did not have to design the world in a self-sustaining manner. He could have created it to die out immediately following the fall. However, he chose not, and I believe that is a testament to his goodness.
Colorado is a beautiful place, and I saw so much of God’s creativity, power, and goodness while I was there. Even the fact that God designed me to perceive such beauty and to take pleasure in his creation is a gift and a testament to his love. Through his creation, God has given me glimpses of himself, and I am thankful for that. He is truly good.
To hear more about the trip or to see additional photos, see my post on Exposure.