Thursday, January 15, 2009

Show and Tell

A passage from Plantinga's chapter 2 that stuck out to me reads "Humback whales for example, sing underwater arias; when they've finished, they often breach, soaring into an explosive half-twist back-flop with their "wings" flung wide." The passage is a beatiful reminder of how amazing God's creation is.
Similarly I read a devotional by Max Lucado that emphasized how miraculous the nature around us is. It opened with a reading from John 1:3 "All things were made by him, and nothing was made without him." From where I write I can see several miracles. White-crested waves slap the beach with rhythmic regularity. One after the other the rising swells of salt water gain momentum, humping, rising, then standing to salute the beach before crashing onto the sand. How many billions of times has this simple mystery repeated itself since time began? In the distance lies a miracle of colors-- teins of blue. The ocean-blue of the Atlantic encounters the pale blue of the sky, separated only by the horizon..." I would also add the miracle of wind shaping rocks like nothing else in the world can. "Miracles, divine miracles. These are miracles because they are mysteries. Scientifically explainable? Yes. Reproducible? To a degree." Scientists have tried to reproduce the miracles they see in nature and have been able to do so to some extent but not completely. "But still they are mysteries. Events that stretch beyond our understanding and find their origins in another realm. They are every bit as divine as divided seas, walking cripples, and empty tombs."
As Plantinga has told us, God's creation reveals his majesty. Take the time to marvel at what is all around you. In it we can see God being glorified. The Psalms are full of verses that describe the ways in which nature glorifies God.
Psalm 96:11 "Let the Heaven's rejoice, let the earth be glad. Let the sea resound, let the fields be jubilant."
Psalm 98:7-8 "Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together."

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