Genesis 3:17-18 NIV “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.”
It was my wife’s birthday the other day and one of our children brought her a bouquet of flowers and as I was looking at them, noticing the intricate beauty of them and the variety of shapes and sizes and all of the different colors, it struck me how that even in this fallen world that we live in, God in His mercy doesn’t withhold beauty or the declaration and wonder of His creation all around us.
Even the colors that we do see in sunsets or sunrises or the beauty that we can’t help but recognize in new born babies, be they our own or those of the animal and bird species such as little puppies or ducklings. And then we have the majestic views of mountains or the tranquil view of lakes and the serene beauty of our forests. So many different aspects of beauty and limitless variety and of course, what we do see, what we are able to view, barely scratches the surface because God has woven beauty and intricate patterns and countless designs all around us, and in us, that most times we are not even aware of.
I remember when a man addressed Jesus as “good teacher” and Jesus replied “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” (Mark 10:18 NIV), where Jesus spoke of His Father. God our Father is the source of all goodness. And we can see it all around us, if we stop and just look. God didn’t have to do that, but He can’t deny who He is. And Jesus confirmed this.
And considering that we do live in a fallen world, a creation that is not as it could be, that has been tainted or lessened from what it originally was intended, one can only imagine the splendor of the untainted or what He originally created.
So many Bible verses come to mind but I’ve got to try to keep these posts short. “Eye hath not seen …” etc, etc.
Obviously there are signs of the “less than”, sickness, destruction, death, but these things are not the desired intent of our good God, they are consequences of our departure from His presence yet He still holds out the reality of their return to what was supposed to be and gives us glimpses of what originally was.
Romans 8:22-24 NIV “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Note the “whole of creation”.
And then we have the reality of love, that internal conscious emotion that captivates our minds and hearts and takes us to the depths and heights of joy and inexpressible delight where we can’t imagine anything greater. If God was not love, if our Creator was not the source of that love, we wouldn’t experience that, we wouldn’t even be aware of it or know what it is. But in spite of the evil that exists in this fallen world, love does exist and this which is, that which we do see, is only a shadow of what is to come.
I wonder sometimes how there are those who cannot see God’s love, who take for granted the beauty that is all around us and the witness of His unbounded creativity, wisdom and love that He does allow us to see and experience and not recognize where it all comes from. Jesus told us where it originates from.
And then we have the absolute beauty of the cross, the unbounded expression of God giving all that possibly could be given, to demonstrate His love towards us, through the agonizing death of His sinless Son, for our sins, to bring us back to what was originally intended. This is, in truth, the ultimate demonstration of God’s love towards us that could possibly be given.
John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
These are much more than just words quoted and written on parchment or paper, this is the ultimate reality that our Heavenly Father has given to us.
One wonders how it is that some cannot or will not see it.
And then, even more, we are shown that as Christ rose from the dead, we also shall experience the redemption of our bodies, returning that which is now to what which was originally intended.
There will come a time, whether we believe it or not, when we all stand before God and there will be many who question how it was that they never saw what was all around them. “I once was blind but now I see“, a line taken from “Amazing Grace”, a hymn that just about everyone knows, will take on a whole new meaning, because they will be saying “I was blind and I did not see”.
Most everyone knows the line “stop and smell the flowers”.
Jesus tells us, “stop and look at the flowers”.
Matthew 6:28-29 NIV “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!