“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that [those who refused to acknowledge these things were made by the hand of God] are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man...” Romans 1:20-23
Just being outside this morning, watching the sun rise, walking through the pasture, looking over the growing seedlings in the garden, and marveling at the creatures God has graced our farm with were reminders once again to me that there is a God who created the heaven and the earth. The intricate designs in each animal and plant points to a creator not just a series of chance mistakes or flukes. These signs of God are all around us, if we take the chance to open our eyes to them. It is in opening our eyes wider to the visible and allowing our hearts to be touched by the reality of the Creator of those things, who right now is invisible to our eyes, that we are the wisest of men as it is stated in the passage from Romans above.
It is sad to say that many people though choose not to open their eyes to these proofs of God. They see them only in their heads but do not accept them in their hearts. For those of us who have had the ability to enjoy nature as the handiwork of God we have the ability to see what most look right past - the beauty of the world around us as signs of God – His design, His plan, His creativity, and His nature. And, it is in these things we are then able to see marvelous revelations of who He is and His nature which He wants so much for us to understand about Him and find the completion of ourselves within.
For those who have eyes open to seeing the hand of God in the visible, there is wisdom to be found. That wisdom points to an incorruptible glory beyond the destruction which sin places on this world. But, for those who have chosen the foolish route, to not see God in the visible, their hearts have been “darkened” by their choice. A darkened heart does not see love as God sees love, it does not see truth as God sees truth, and it does not have hope as God offers hope in a world filled with many wayward and sinful paths. Instead it sees itself as wise apart from God and makes gods out of the things of this world instead of exalting God as the Maker of this world, the perfecter of this world, and the One true Way.
We must keep our eyes open and our hearts soft towards the signs God places around us and at the same time have sympathy on those who chose to not see these revelations of God. We are children of the light and having the light of Christ in us we have the privilege of seeing the things of God. Keeping that light to ourselves will do not good in a world that has hints of God which need to be exposed to those who are lost in the darkness and are seeking for the God who can make them truly wise.
The glory of the Lord is around us every day. It is in taking time to "smell the roses" and then remembering the One who not only created the roses to smell but our nose to smell them, that we realize how much God desires for us to delight in Him and seek out His invisible attributes beyond the beauty He surrounds us with.
Today as you enjoy the beauty of the nature placed around you, remember to pray for others to have eyes opened to see God in the visible so they too can experience the invisible God and all of the wonderful attributes He reveals to only those who have hearts ready to receive Him.