Saturday, April 19, 2008

Listening to stones

The other day I had some time to kill before going to work. It was a beautiful day and I was enjoying the motorcycle ride. I found myself drawn to the shores of Lake Michigan, which is but a few miles from where I work. As I sat there for a while it occurred to me more intensely than has in a long time; God's creation is astonishing.

I've previously found myself agreeing with the gnostics (though I didn't even know what a gnostic was). If I understand their viewpoint correctly, they perceived the material world as entirely corrupted because of sin - and so they longed for the life here-after where they would be free from such corruption.

Thank goodness for friends...

I'm glad to have many friends who share their viewpoints, and the Scriptures, with me - pointing towards more truth.

I was awed at the peaceful and glorious scenery as I pondered God's majesty in creation. Truly God made His creation magnificent. I was reminded of similar experiences at the Grand Canyon. Again I was overwhelmed at God's glory displayed in His creation. Listening to stones...

Luke 19:40
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

This experience was very refreshing, especially considering that, at least while at work, I have plenty of exposure to the corrupted side of creation. Sin is devastating. But God has designed creation in such a way that His character would be most clearly seen. He knows what He is doing. He has a plan, although all of this corruption exists currently, it does not mean that He is out of control.

Isaiah 46:9-10
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.


cgl said...

Well amen to all that. Its interesting how one can come to different perspectives based on their occupation. I see the beauty of God's creation each day and you often see the wickedness of man each day. It is good for us to meet in the middle somewhere.

For The People said...

Thanks for the spiritual food!