I have had the wonderful privilege of growing up very close to nature. I grew up in an agricultural community in California’s rich Central Valley. My hometown was also a stone’s throw from two of our most beautiful national parks—Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequoia—and a two hour drive from the spectacular Central Coast. I currently live in Northern California close to both Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. I have also had the opportunity to see beautiful countries around the globe, most recently the Bailiwick of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, and a possession of the British Crown. (photo above)
Once again, I was awed by the beauty of creation. Not only in the sheer grandeur of the cliffs but by the variety of plants that we hiked past, the scent of the flowers, the playful songs of the birds, and even the serene calmness of the cows. Add to that the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the power of the wind, and the warmth of the sun. There is no way I can recount all the intricacies of nature, but let it suffice to say that creation screams of a Creator.
This is why Paul writes in Romans that God is manifest in nature, so even if someone has never heard of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, he or she has no excuse not to know there is a God. What people fail to realize is that if they admit there is a God, then they must do something with this knowledge. We can’t admit that there is a Creator and then live like He doesn’t exist. There is an immediate unspoken relationship between the Creator (God) and the created (us).
Paul speaks to this when he continues to write: “. . . because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful. . .” (Romans 1:21a)
God created nature in all its splendor and glory to reveal His splendor and glory and His love for us. Nature is God’s calling card in panoramic grandeur and magnificent surround sound for us to enjoy and for Him to receive praise. May He be praised.