Meadowlarks and Crocuses
While springtime signs are being showcased all around us, one can’t help but stop and think of the beauty of God’s handiwork. From green blades of grass pushing their way up through brown prairie pasture, to budding cottonwood trees, to the song of the meadowlark, to the bloom of a crocus, God has left His stamp of creativity everywhere we look. Take a moment to think of the last time your mouth dropped with a sense of awe and wonder by the freedom, power and ingenuity of God in creating all things! Now you may or may not be into meadowlarks and crocuses; but what is it that stirs your soul toward worship and praise to God?
In a conversation I had with an elderly man a few years back, I recall him telling me a story about an old man and a young boy. The old man reached in his pocket, pulled out a loonie and said to the boy, “I’ll give you this dollar if you can show me where God is.” The boy looked up at the old man and replied, “I’ll give you a dollar if you can show me where he isn’t.” Without sounding as if to say, all things are God and God is all things, the boy’s response reminds us of God’s activity throughout creation. Created things were never designed to be the object of our worship; but to point us to the one who is worthy of all praise.
In a book entitled, “AWE” Paul David Trip captures a proper response to the beauty we find in created things. He writes,
“Creation is awesome. God designed it to be awesome. And God designed you to take in creation’s awesome display. You are meant to be inspired and to celebrate the awesome things that come from the Creator’s hand. But as you participate and rejoice in the awesome display of creation, you must understand that these awesome things were not intended to be ultimate. They were not made to be the stopping place and feeding station for your heart. No awesome thing in creation was meant to give you what only the Creator is able to give. Every awesome thing in creation is designed to point you to the One who alone is worthy of capturing and controlling the awe of your searching and hungry heart.”
The psalmist put it this way,“O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).
If it takes you longer than a minute to consider the grandeur of God in making all things, your gadgets and gizmos may be taking up too much of your time. So take a look around you, set aside your device of choice, survey your horizons, take note of all that you see. As you take it all in, remember the Lord Jesus Christ. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for Him” (Col. 1:16). From meadowlarks to crocuses all things were made through Christ and for Christ. So the next time you see a blooming flower, or hear a bird’s song, praise the Lord for His greatness in all things!