|Posted by Charles Holsinger on July 21, 2018 at 9:55 PM|
I was just sitting in my office looking out the window. As I was preparing to study my Bible I began meditating on on God and all of His wonderful creations outside my window. As I looked up I saw the gorgeous blue sky peeking through the puffy white clouds. I watched for awhile as the clouds passed by gently rolling and conforming into various shapes and sizes. I began to wonder why these shapes? Why do the sizes range so differently? Why are they white? Oh I know science can give some explanation to these questions. I know that clouds are really just water vapor and their shape and size is determined by air currents and their white color is from the way like is refracted as it passes through the water vapor. These things are all proven scientifically and is considered fact. This has all been taught to me in school. The question still rolls through my mind, why?
As I watched the clouds a movement in the corner of my eye caught my attention. Several starlings flew past and landed in the neighbors yard and began to fuss over some bread crumbs that he had tossed out for the sparrows. I focussed my attention upon these and other birds flying into the commotion the starlings where causing. I love to watch birds. Science tries to explain the behavior of animals like birds but I find that you can’t explain all of their actions. Oh sure certain birds have different behavior traits. Eagles are far different from humming birds in more ways than just size and color and diet. They have different attitudes and personalities, or should I say avianalities. Why is this so?
Looking out the window into our backyard I can see the Rose Of Sharon with its white blooms and rosey centers. A hanging planter full of dark pink petunias decorates the fence. On the other side of the yard some colorful flowering vines are climbing the fence. There is beauty as I look out my window. Colorful flowers, birds and butterflies, trees and bushes and a garden full of vegetables under the cover of blue skies and fluffy white clouds all exhibit the beauty of God’s wonderful creation.
Many people tend to look at the world as a place of ugliness and injustice. The home of terrible acts of violence, homeless and starving people, abused and neglected children, nations in the midst of or on the brink of war and destruction. How do we go from peace and beauty to the ugliness exhibited in this world? There is an answer to this question but I am not sure that we are capable of understanding. I don’t believe we should even try to understand. I believe God cries out for us to trust in Him, not for answers, but for the knowledge that He has our best interest in His hands. Did I lose you? Let me show you what God has to say.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
God is the same God today as He was at the creation. He was well pleased with His work. The Bible says it was “very good”. God settles for nothing less than perfection. We can say that we are not perfect but we are made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Though we yet fail we strive to attain perfection and we should strive daily and never give in to imperfection. We can say this world is imperfect but God made it this way and allotted us the toil and trouble of this world. We are not here to simply exist but to labor in it so that we will not be content in it, that we should desire something better. God has given us a promise of something better and therefore we work towards that prize. Do you see the perfection of His plan? No? Then let me continue.
“I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.”
Solomon says God has given the sons of men travail and we are to be exercised (labor) in that trouble and travail. Maybe we should be a little more grateful that God has given us this gift. I know all of this sounds crazy but really, don’t you want something better? We shouldn’t be content with this world, it’s just a temporary holdover to a more permanent destination. We should take joy that we have a God that cares enough about us to give us a shove out the door so we can continue towards home. Complacency is an enemy to us, to become “used to” our surroundings and the events that happen around us is not what God wants of us.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
God has made “everything” beautiful in “HIS” time! We can’t expect to understand all of God’s how’s and why’s when everything is created according to “HIS” will and design. He spoke all of creation into existence except us. He took great care to mold us into who we are with His bare hands then breathed the breath of life into us and we became a living soul. He has set eternity, a better place, into our hearts so that we can look beyond this fleeting routine we call life, but no man can know the work that God does from from beginning to end. We will always fail to completely understand why God does what he does. It is not for us to know the times or seasons of things but God’s word says;
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
God gives us His word that it’s not for us to understand everything he does but many times He tells us to “fear not”. We can trust Him to know what is best for us, after all he made us. He has a plan for us, it includes some things that we may not want to do or be apart of, but remember He has our best intentions in His hands. Jesus set the example for us when he carried the cross to Calvary, as tragic as it was for Him to give his life on the cross, He did it so that we could have the assurance of life with Him. That’s the beauty of God!
Remember how I wrote about all those beautiful things at the beginning? God gives us a glimpse of the beautiful wonders of this Earth that He has created. I can only imagine what it must be like to walk by Jesus’ side, to walk in the splendid beauty of Heaven and see the glory that emanates from the very throne of our creator, to taste the sweet waters that flow from His throne. Oh how wonderful it will be! No more pain, no more suffering, no more tears and no more death. So praise God through all the storms we have to go through while we are here because it will keep our focus on the treasures that have been laid up for us! This world is really a beautiful place and I am thankful for this time I am here because I can see a far greener pasture on the other side of Jordan!
Brother Scott Green