And what do a tortoise, puff adder, dung beetle, gull and flamingo add to the picture? Well, it’s all to do with enjoying our world! A recent trip to the West Coast National Park stimulated a fresh appreciation for the pleasures of creation. God has so much fun in the creation process! The longer he takes and the more complex and varied the result the greater the pleasure and satisfaction. All of creation ultimately reflects the glory of God. The Bible gives a picture of how “in the beginning” God saw things as being “good”. He still enjoys his creation and he desires that we should as well. Paul when writing to young Timothy says; “Everything that God has created is good; nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks” (1Tim.4:4).
Strength in nature is mirrored in the elegant Eland that graze in herds on the lush spring grass among the delicate beauty of the flowers that come to life in the warm sunshine after the winter rains.
It’s little wonder that David exclaims in Psalm 104:24; “Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures.” The spring flowers along the West Coast ring out in joyous praise to God. Why, even the caterpillar enjoys the choice spread!
For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things.............. God created the whole universe through him and for him.” So, as we wonder and enjoy, our worship is not directed to the created ‘things’ but to the Lord of all, who has the ideas and takes the initiative. Job, after all his pain and suffering, was confronted with the wonders of creation – the galaxies of stars, the created order, the seas and seasons, the climate variations, the wild animals, birds, beasts of prey, sea monsters and the like.
And we haven’t even had time to reflect on the wonders of the poisonous puff adder, the busy dung beetle or the flamboyant flamingo! Marvellous indeed is all of creation but be reminded of Jesus’ comment that we are of far more value to him than all of this (Matt.10:31). Do we need to get anxious and worry if God cares more for us than all these things? Matthew 6:28-30 reassures that he loves and cares for us!
Look, wonder, enjoy, explore and meditate on all that God creates.
It is our privilege to care for it all!