Overlooked Beauty

RainbowThis planet we live on is incredible. Every day we see thousands of miracles repeated over and over before our eyes. Trees tower over us drenched in beams of sunlight shooting at immense speed from a blazing ball of gas that happens to be at the exact distance from our earth to allow all this life to exist. Ants work together to protect their colonies much better than a well-oiled machine without any schools or courtrooms. Flowers grow despite powerful thunderstorms and ravaging beasts. Babies are born and live to adulthood even though the human being is one of the most helpless creatures at birth. We are extremely privileged to partake in such unspeakable beauty, and most of the time we hardly notice what’s happening around us. Did all this really just happen without any all-powerful Designer? To me, nothing evidences God’s existence and majesty more than the complicated display of love revealed in creation.

A Different Take on Evolution vs. Creationism

Very often today, scientists, preachers, and others debate evolution vs. creationism. Many use data, facts, and observable outcomes to make their case, attempting to convince the other that their own position is correct based on logical reasoning. Some say that, “A god is too complicated,” or, “Evolution cannot explain the Cambrian Explosion.” But all this pride and political correctness mixed in with a battle of wits isn’t really necessary to come to the conclusion that there undoubtedly is a God, or gods, of some kind. Once the Lord has opened a person’s eyes, they understand how undeniable God’s existence is. It’s really very simple; you don’t get bread without a baker, and you don’t get an amazingly intricate universe without a source of great power and intelligence.

It makes sense how almost every nation in history has worshiped a god or gods. As it says in Romans 1:20, “His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made…” God is clear through creation. Some people just have the wrong god. The Norsemen believed in Thor, the god of thunder. They realized that something or someone powerful and intelligent had to be causing the incredible sights and sounds of the thunder and lightning in storms. They didn’t assume that it just appeared over time like some very well-known people these days. They used simple logic, and it drew them to the conclusion of the existence of a god.

I’m not against science or reasoning as a method of proving God’s existence; those areas need to be covered too. I’m discussing this because it seems that many people who are into facts and numbers (as I was at one point) tend to miss what’s right in front of their face (creation) as the overwhelming miracle and evidence of an almighty Creator that it is. You hear about lots of arguments these days in which things like carbon dating and evil in the world are identified as undeniable facts proving that God does not exist. And yes, giving them factual answers can be helpful in some circumstances. But if only our Lord would open their eyes! Oh, the beauty they would behold for the first time in this world, though they have been living in it their whole lives! If only they could see! A while back, God truly opened my eyes and I realized just how thoroughly complex, impossibly intricate, and wonderfully orchestrated this universe truly is. He used a short video from a talk by John Piper that really put the whole thing into perspective, and changed the way I view creation forever. It’s “here” if you want to see it.

Good Intentions

So many things in creation seem so intentional. How is it that our planet has exactly the right temperature, size, and nature to support life, while millions of other celestial bodies are just giant balls of gas and frozen wastelands? How is it that the moon shines on us at night, giving just enough light on most nights to see? How do all the different ecosystems in the world work so perfectly? Why are sunsets, waterfalls, trees, flowers, and animals so spectacular and beautiful? And what about us? How are we so incredibly complex? How do we know that we’re incredibly complex? That’s another huge mystery. Unlike animals, we as human beings understand our surroundings in very detailed ways and are able to grasp the intricacies of life. We can analyze and inspect things, draw complicated conclusions, and perform precise experiments to see if what we are thinking is correct. A hippo or a groundhog just can’t do that.

There’s No Escaping His Love

You simply cannot escape the overwhelmingly elaborate nature of creation. It is more than enough for me to know that there is a God who loves me passionately. He places a sunset just above the horizon every day for sinners like me to behold. Who, but God, would do such a thing? Do you make breathtaking works of art, or professionally detailed mechanisms for those who hate you to look at? Only our Lord could demonstrate to us His command to “love our enemies” so well. He proclaims His glory to our faces every moment of every day. We need to step back, take a deep breath, and see it for what it is. Let us worship Him for His mercies that are new every morning!

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:16-17

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5 thoughts on “Overlooked Beauty

  1. February 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Very well written, Luke! I enjoyed reading this a lot. Thank you so much for posting!

  2. Anonymous
    February 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    How true! I only have to look up on a clear night, take a walk in the woods, or look out over Lake Michigan and the Sand Dunes at a beautiful sunset to know how true. Gma Mason

    1. Anonymous
      March 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Hey Luke, nice post. Thanks for telling me about your blog. It’s sweet!!! I was actually just reading about evolution vs. creation in biology. This really made me look at creation in a whole different light. Thanks again!!! -Lil likes Skillet from HPA

    2. March 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Lily! I really appreciate it. By the way, what’s your blog’s title?

  3. Grace Johnson
    June 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I was also reading about creation vs evolution in my general science book this year. Ooh! The E word makes me so mad! If I could say something to an evolutionist today, I would ask this question. “If everything on this earth started out as single-cell organisms millions of years ago, how come you don’t see that happening today?” In other words, evolution doesn’t exist, never has existed, and never will exist.

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

    Nice post, Luke:)

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