How does God make Himself known to you? What causes you to stop and realize that there must be a Being greater than yourself. For me, it’s what can be found outside. Seeing fireflies at night, a vivid sunset, a luscious green field, a gathering of wildflowers, a violent thunderstorm, or the waxing and waning of the ocean tide create a sense of awe and wonder within me. Whenever I go through periods of doubt in my faith, or I am overcome by fear, worry, and anxiety, seeing a beautiful landscape reminds me of this simple truth: the earth was undoubtedly created.
Things this beautiful and orderly don’t just simply happen, and an advanced degree is not required to make that assessment. A superficial understanding of our own basic biology gives support to this truth. The idea that our world suddenly burst forth into existence requires more faith than believing there is a Creator who purposely fashioned every detail of this earth. You have to have faith and hope in something to explain the origin of the Earth. It will be either belief in a great cosmic accident, or it will be belief in a Creator. If both options require faith, which one is more worthy of it?
A loving God that fashioned the earth in painstaking, intricate detail is a much more comforting and welcoming option compared to the cold, impersonal idea of a great cosmic bang — at least it is to me. My faith is in the Creator God, and I love the way that He makes Himself visible to me, in both the easy times and the difficult times. God’s handiwork is made known to me in the little details of the day, from the scent after a thunderstorm, to the seasonal patterns of our backyard trees, to the brilliance of the setting sun; it’s all a beautiful masterpiece.
Man made creations are stunning in their own way, but they don’t hold a candle to the natural wonders of the world. While the Pyramids of Giza are undoubtedly stunning, and I would love to see them in person one day, the Northern Lights are more astonishing. The Cathedral of Notre Dame is awe inspiring in both its intricacy and its longevity (even despite the fire in 2019), but how does that compare to a clear night sky that showcases the moon and the constellations of twinkling stars? Divinely created beauty is just on another scale, and humanity’s greatest creative accomplishments are not enough to reach it.
If you think about it, even our limited human creativity is a sign of God’s handiwork. For example, Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel is unparalleled in its scope, detail, and longevity. If that creative ability is not a gift from God, I don’t know what else it could be. I hope I get to see it in person someday. Our manmade creations speak to a greater Creator, One that has limitless mediums and canvases. I enjoy taking the time to see these things, although I don’t do it nearly as often as I should. A child’s giggle, a clear freshwater spring, a canopy of trees, or a delicious bite of an apple all give us a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us when we look for it.
The further south we move, the more beautiful the sunsets and the nature views seem to get. I can’t wait to see what Florida has to offer in the summertime, when the heat and humidity really bring the green things to life. The sunsets, flowers, and wildlife should be amazing. For now, here are a few pictures that can’t possibly show the full magnitude of Creation’s beauty.
How does God make Himself visible to you?