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Lessons from Creation

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6

            With all the hustle and bustle life affords, it can seem like an unnecessary chore to take time to look at creation and consider the wonder of it all. I, for one, can confess that for too long I’d been numb to the wonder of creation. That is, for too long I’d failed to step back and take time to appreciate and learn from the things God has placed at our feet and right before our eyes. However, that numbness to these things has all drastically changed over the last years, especially as my children have grown older.

            See, for children, creation is a wonder, filled with incredible and mesmerizing things; things that many adults maybe all-to-often take for granted or let too quickly pass by. For example, this summer my children have come to appreciate some of the littler things in life. Yes, you guessed it, I’m referring to bugs.

            From bees, to cicadas, to butterflies and crickets, they’ve enjoyed discovering, catching, and learning about these little wonders of creation. And, of course, there is a lot to learn about these things, but not only about the creatures themselves; their creator as well. For example, listening to crickets fiddle on a cool autumns night or cicadas sing on a warm afternoon, we learn that our God is a lover of music. Think about it, together the sounds of creation make up the most melodious orchestra in all the universe, and all we need to do is close our eyes and listen.

            Or, consider the butterflies and their beauty. From these and other creatures like ladybugs and bees, we see that our God loves beautiful things, and not necessarily because these things are always necessary or useful (although they do serve certain purposes) but simply because they are beautiful. Again, these things that are right before our eyes to glimpse and see.

            When, in the 18th century, Jonathan Edwards observed spiders flying (and seeming to enjoy it), he resolved that God “hath not only provided for all the necessities, but also for the pleasure and recreation of all sorts of creatures, even the insects” (The Spider Letter). In other words, God is not opposed to pleasure, only that that pleasure would remain within the confines of His good and perfect will.

            So, there is much we can learn about our creator when we observe creation, even the smallest of creatures. There are also lessons we can learn and apply to ourselves. For example, when considering the ant, as Solomon did in Proverbs 6, we learn of the goodness of work. In other words, we learn that God made us to work and to work hard, unto His glory.

            Observing bees, we also learn the lesson of working hard, but there’s also seen in them the beauty of sacrifice. When pondering the worm, one learns that God can take the most humble of all creatures and use them to produce the most beautiful of fruit, which has great applications for us who stand redeemed in Christ.

            So, as we enter into the season of Autumn, I’d encourage you to slow down and take some time to not only be in creation but to also observe creation and stand amazed at the wondrous things you discover about yourself, your Creator, and your Savior.

Pastor Gideon

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