It struck me the other day that this would be a particularly difficult time to be an atheist. When you look around you, even for a moment, life is abounding at every corner. When you stop and take time to notice the intricate details of this blooming life, it’s absolutely breathtaking and astounding. The uncurling of leaf buds from all the trees, each as fresh and soft as a newborn’s skin. The pairing bluebirds flying together and singing their songs. The mother fox teaching her pups to prowl on the hunt for their food. There is one particular fox I have discovered in the fencing around the airport, ask me sometime and I will let you in on the location of her den. It’s undeniable to me that there is indeed a created order to all the inter weavings of springs new life, and no doubt a master grand artist behind the scenes of it all. And all of this new life is not just there as proof to God’s hand of creation---it even exists for a more noble purpose.
The prophet Isaiah invites all who are thirsty to draw towards God.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
The created order itself exists day and night, season by season, and for eons and eons only to proclaim glory to its creator. Even the trees with their outstretched leaves reach up higher and higher. Each tree strives to be higher than its neighbor. They are like arms of praise extended to God, silently exalting him as they grow to the sky. The mighty mountains lay out like giants knelt before their maker in humble adoration. As you go out this spring and summer and notice all the intricate details of the creation, know that what you see is a cosmic worship service of one accord. A global sanctuary of praise, that day and night, never stops its shouts of proclamation. Abraham Kuyper, a fore founder of our faith, once said: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” All of what we see, smell, touch, and walk through in the created order is sacred. And all of it is inviting you into its chorus of praise. Not only is all the life around us sacred and proclaiming glory to God, it is a sign that we are not without hope. At the other end of God’s narrative far from the words of Isaiah, John claims in revelation: And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2
All of the new spring life is a reminder that God is not abandoning this place he created long ago. He is renewing all things under the power of his risen son, and we have the promise of not only a new heaven but a new earth as well. As you go out this spring and engage in this created order in whatever way you are drawn, take time to not only breathe it in, but join in its voice of praise. Take notice of the hope that is there and do everything you can to protect it and be a part of its redemption.
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