Be Refreshed – Day 10

Creation        

by Cathy Madavan

Read

Psalm 8

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (vs3-4)

Reflect

Have you ever sat watching a sunset, the sea or a magnificent mountain view and been left in awe? These moments lead us instinctively to consider that there must be more than just us. It’s too incredible and transcendent to all exist without a Creator.

Like the psalmist we might sometimes feel small in the grand landscape of God’s majestic handiwork, and yet he knows and loves us, who are part of his creation.

Noticing the Creator

Just as we don’t look at the Mona Lisa without considering Da Vinci’s workmanship, creation also points to its master craftsman. As we walk through a magnificent forest of trees that bring life in so many ways, we are reminded to admire not only the foliage but the even greater wonder of the One who can germinate mighty oaks from hard little acorns.

God must love it when we notice his creation, don’t you think? He must enjoy hearing us say, “Great job, God! This is beautiful!” Our children and young people instinctively love the texture of sand, the smoothness of pebbles and the wriggliness of bugs. There’s so much to discover about the Creator as we enjoy his creation.

Magnifying the Creator

When our children were small, we used to put spiders and leaves under a magnifier to examine them more closely. These days, however, one of them is studying physics at university and is looking at the universe down a lens. The more she learns about the extraordinary principles of creation at a macro and a micro level, the more surprised she is that every physicist is not a believer! At any age, we can zoom into God’s beauty and magnify his power as we examine the works of his hands and give Him the glory and praise he deserves.

Respond

When was the last time creation took your breath away or restored your soul? Do you need some more time in God’s creation?

How can you create moments of wonder with your children, where you notice the maker of the universe? Would creating worship nature-collages or a poem or looking into the fascinating science of nature nurture their faith as you talk together about God?

 

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