God and Creation - A Reflection
Verses from Genesis chapter 1 : In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and give light on the earth." And it was so. And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." And it was so. And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God created man in his own image, male and female he created them. And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Verses from Psalm 104 : God, my God, how great you are! You set earth on a firm foundation. Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out in the places you assigned them. You started the springs and rivers, sent them flowing among the hills. All the wild animals now drink their fill, wild donkeys quench their thirst. Along the riverbanks the birds build nests, ravens make their voices heard. God's trees are well watered - the Lebanon cedars he planted. Birds build their nests in those trees; look - the stork at home in the treetop. Mountain goats climb about the cliffs; badgers burrow among the rocks. The moon keeps track of the seasons, the sun is in charge of each day. What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.
Mark chapter 4, verses 30 - 32 : Jesus said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."
The verses from Genesis tell us that God viewed what He had created, not just as "good", but as "very good". Since God loves and delights in his creation, shouldn't we do the same?
The early Celtic Christians believed that they had two books of divine revelation - these were the Bible, and Creation. They believed that both revealed things about God and pointed the way to Him. Expanding the "Book of Creation" idea, a Jesuit priest said that rivers and streams were sentences, forests were paragraphs, hills and valleys were chapters, flowers were exclamation marks. So, if all of these are words from God, what do they tell us about Him?
God created with such abundance and generosity - He could just have created one type of everything - one tree, one flower, one fruit, one animal, but instead there are hundreds maybe thousands of different types of each. What does that tell us about God?
Think about sunrises and sunsets - I'm sure if people had invented the sun, we'd have turned it on and off like flicking a switch, but God gave us sunrises and sunsets - no two are ever the same, and they're fleeting. Such beauty and it's gone in just a few minutes never to be seen again. What does that tell us about God?
Or what about seeds - such tiny things, but from them can grow enormous trees. Although we've made amazing scientific advances and can put men on the moon, we still don't understand how seeds work, or how they know what they're supposed to grow into. When I eat an apple, I can count the pips in it. But if I plant one pip and it grows into an apple tree - how many apples were in that pip? What does that tell us about God?
Or what about rainbows. A scientific article explaining rainbows, said that each one is the result of the interaction of sunlight on raindrops. So, different people see the rainbow because of different raindrops. That makes each rainbow personal. Now how special is that - whenever you see a rainbow, it's just for you, a personal gift from God! What does that tell us about God?
There's such beauty around us, but I know that often I'm so busy that I don't see it. I'm rushing somewhere, or at work, or having a bad day, or running late, or stressed out, or - whatever. When we're like that what we probably need most, is to know that God's there with us, but we're so wrapped up in what we're doing that we can lose all sense of His presence.
That's when pausing for a moment to look up, to see the sky, or a tree, or a flower, or perhaps a rainbow, or to think about our amazing body which, despite bits that may go wrong, is a walking miracle. Or think about the fact that you can think, and that you have a brain and a mind and consciousness and personality and relationships .
Use that moment to remember the Creator. Use that moment to touch base with God. Be aware of Him with you, maybe put things back into perspective, even if it's just for a moment, before heading back into the busy-ness.
A Final Prayer : Creator God, you know what we need, without our words. Hear our prayer and hear also our silence. Grant us those things we cannot or dare not voice. We make these prayers through our brother Jesus. Amen.
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