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Simply Miraculous

Last semester, my psychology professor repeatedly declared that “the existence of something so perfectly intricate as the eye is simply miraculous!”  The fact that he, a nonbeliever, would use the word “miraculous” stuck out to me, despite his disclaimer that he was not referring to a supernatural God.  What else could miraculous mean?  Natural, beautiful complexity points to an intelligent designer.

Have you ever had one of those moments when a piece of creation takes your breath away?  Maybe you were lying on your back at night, staring up at the sparkling little jewels of stars.  Or maybe you were walking alone on the beach, enjoying the waves ticking your toes and the wind playing with your hair.  Maybe it was while you watched a newborn breathing gently against your skin as he slept peacefully on your chest.  Or maybe it was when you lost yourself in the infinite blue of the sky.  Whatever the moment, you suddenly saw God through it in as real a way as the scene surrounding you.

Psalm 19, which C.S. Lewis describes as “the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world,” describes these moments as a testimony of God’s existence:

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is deprived of its warmth.”

The testimony of God’s creation is continuous, abundant and universal.  “Day after day” and “night after night,” there is never a moment in which God’s creation takes a break from glorifying Him.  This message is not whispered, but “poured out” —God was not stingy in creation.  There is no language barrier withholding the message from anyone even to “the ends of the world” – even those without the ability to see or hear can experience creation with their other senses.  Everyone witnesses creation, and creation declares that there is a God worthy of praise.

Aristotle: “Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the works of such a Being as we define God to be.”

Albert Einstein: “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.”

Robert Jastrow, a leading NASA scientist: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

Let us not overlook or undermine the importance of creation as we seek to grow in our faith.  Just as we learn about an artist from his painting, we learn about God through the “general revelation” of His creation.  Romans 1:20a says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.”  (Note: Remember that at present, creation is distorted by sin.  Not everything seen in nature directly reflects God.  For example, the existence of diseases does not point to God as being evil and twisted.)

Just as you spend time in God’s written word, spend time in His creation.  Be intentional about finding pieces of his work—big and small—to take your breath away and ask yourself how they reflect the One who created them.  Remember the ways that God has spoken to you through them in the past and realize that at every second such moments are being bountifully repeated across the globe.  Praise Him for His glory witnessed in everything around you!