I am amazed at God’s creation

     Have you ever traveled to a state or country where one of the main attractions is the mountains?  I have made several trips to Colorado in my life and am always amazed at God’s creation and the beauty of the mountains, tree, and rivers.  When I was in middle school my oldest brother decided to attend college in Denver, Colorado (a LONG time ago).  Our family made a few trips out there from our home in Michigan to visit him and see a different part of the United States.  I remember on our first trip, as we were driving through the Rocky Mountains, thinking, “how can anyone see the beauty of this stuff and believe there is no God and that all this happened by accident?”  In all honesty I recall being almost in tears at the majestic sight of God’s creation.

     A decade or so after my initial vacations to Colorado, my wife and I decided to visit Denver again on our honeymoon.  We made our way from Grand Rapids, Michigan through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and over to Minnesota to visit my ‘new’ relatives.  We drove through South Dakota (stopping to see the faces of those 4 guys carved on Mt. Rushmore), then went to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.  We climbed a little bit on the rocks around the base of Devil’s Tower because as a young child I always liked climbing on rocks in the woods near my house.  After staying in Wyoming for a night we traveled down to Denver, then down to Colorado Springs.  All the while I was pondering the majesty and magnificence of the mountains and trees.

 

I visited Colorado once again, and was still in awe (maybe more so this time)

     Years later I had the opportunity to accompany the seniors in the high school which I was teaching on their senior trip to Colorado.  I was older and hopefully more mature and remember many times standing silently in the early morning just being in awe of the creation and therefore its Creator.  I had the privilege of joining a few of my students and friends waking up before sunrise, climbing a larger hill (not a mountain to be sure) and watching the sun rise over the trees and the mountains.  Again I had tears in my eyes being overwhelmed by the beauty of my surroundings.  But then a thought struck me that I have been pondering the answer to since this time.  Here’s the question: “WHY are we so impressed or in awe of creation?”

Why are we brought to tears by some rock and trees and running water?

     So that is the question and one of the topics that occupies my mind periodically.  Aren’t mountains just a HUGE pile of rocks?  And yet they are so awe inspiring sometimes I am speechless.  What is it about the rocks and trees and animals and plants and water that is so amazing??  I mean honestly if I take a rock out of a driveway and set it on the table beside a glass of water, it doesn’t do anything for me.  But enlarge that stone to several thousand tons and set it in a forest beside a stream and you have something people have written poems about.  I mean how many of us have walked on a shoreline and noticed a pile of stones balanced perfectly in a type of sculpture?  Many of us are intrigued and amazed at it.

WHY?

     I know this may sound like a silly question, but it is something that I ponder from time to time.  I don’t mean to sound flippant, but what is so special about some stones lying in and around each other or in the water??  Or a pile of rocks precariously stack one on top of another.

Creek, River, Nature, Landscape, Forest, Stream, Water

Here are some of the thoughts (and possible answers) I had concerning this question

     My first thought is that I know the Bible talks about creation showing us a small part of God’s person:

Psalm 95:4-5 New International Version (NIV)

In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

 

and in another psalm it speaks of creation celebrating:

Psalm 96:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

So my initial thinking is that we marvel at the beauty of creation because it was designed by God to point us to Him and how beautiful He is.  But is that all there is to this sense of amazement?

 

 But what is the connection between nature and humans??

 

A second thought that may sound crazy

     Is it possible that humans are connected to creation in a special and unique way?  I know this sounds like WHOO WHOO pantheism type stuff, but could it be we have a connection because we were made from the dust of the ground?  Are we in awe of mountains and trees because they declare God’s greatness and majesty or because we come from rocks (ground) and our bodies will return to the ground??

     I do not know.  Again this is something I have been pondering.

I do not believe this world would be better without humans.  I know some believe humans are a pestilence on this earth and it has some purpose in and of itself without humans.  I believe this universe was put in place by God to be the place where God’s image (humans) would dwell and show creation His glory by obedience to Him.  But some think there is a spiritual connection because all nature is God and God is nature.  I DON’T THINK SO.  That is simply not a biblical concept.

Stone balancing with pebble tower on the Ventura rocky beach

What do you think?

Has this question ever come to mind for you?  Have you ever thought of a similar idea?  Do you have a better answer than I?

Let me know your thoughts

 

Good day and God Bless

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