My hands clasp a warm mug as the steam merges with the mist of daybreak. The coffee remains unsipped, though. I'm swimming far too deep in my thoughts. As I silently study the graceful awakening of nature, my sleepy eyes are filled with wonder.
The sun emerges—faithful, motherly—to stir a yawning world to life once again. Birds enthusiastically sing-song their love to their companions. Butterfly wings unfold towards the sky, joyously bathing in the shower of sunbeams. A colossal tree shelters a wee rabbit, using its mighty strength not to boast, but to defend the weak. Together these creatures participate in a seemingly simple routine, but really it is utterly complex. They dance in harmony, and it's intricate, perplexing. The threads of each of their lives are woven together into a masterpiece that reflect a Creator so indescribable, so loving. Yet every lovely delicacy reveals a bit of Himself in some unique way.
It is as if God has given us glimpses of His own marvelous character.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him." ~Psalm 24:1
What a reason to rejoice! We are special to our good and limitless Creator; He is on our side. What's more is that God made us in His own image, a seal of approval for the art that He made us to be. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good works he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).” We can delight in our God in all circumstances, because He cares for us. He provides for us because we are treasured.
How odd is it then, that God did not only make this planet? Think of the countless galaxies that lie even beyond the grasp of our finite little minds. Why did God create all of that extra universe if we were His special creation? Could it be that this is just one of the ways He uses His handiwork to reveal His own loving nature? The Lord has blessed us with so much more than we need or deserve.
Not only is this true in regard to His creation and tangible blessings, but it is also evident in the way His rich grace is so prevalent in our lives. Time and time again, God has extended to us arms of unwarranted mercy. We are not worthy of His forgiveness. But He has washed our sins as white as snow. We do not deserve second chances. But He displayed His unending grace to us through the suffering of the cross. We do not deserve to be loved by our infinitely Holy Lord. But we are, and more deeply than we could ever imagine.
If you look closely, you will unveil traces of God's mighty hand in all things: the mountains proclaim the vastness of His power; our reliance on the sun reflects our total dependence on Him. The lioness mirrors his protectiveness, the owl: His wisdom, and the tree: His patience. All of it points back to our Master. And for this reason, we can delight in Him and His goodness.
“Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth."
Our God—everywhere and in everything—allows us to sense snapshots of His loving kindness in even the most common of places. Since He is perfect and mere words cannot contain or convey the depths of His splendor, we can at least catch a wink of His heart through all He has crafted by His own hand. For this, we should be completely and wholeheartedly grateful.
A nearby flower stirs and tenderly reaches for the morning sky, arms lifted towards the heavens in thanks to its provider. I do the same.