But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.Job 12:7-10
Have you ever asked the question, “how can anyone know that God exists if no one tells them?” It’s a valid point. And it’s one of the big reasons we are expected to share our faith with others so they hear the good news of Jesus; that’s what you do with good news, you share it! But we are not the only witnesses of God’s existence. No, all of creation testifies to God’s existence and his goodness.
I want you to participate in this experiment of thankfulness. Find somewhere you can see outside. Look past man-made things like buildings and roads. Look at a field, a grove of trees, a body of water, a herd of livestock, or simply look at the sky. What do you see? In a nutshell, creation. In fact, if you just looked at a nutshell, you’d probably see the same vastness and wonder in smaller detail.
Why is this an exercise in thankfulness? For me, when I gaze at and ponder creation, I no longer feel like I am the center of the universe and that makes me aware of the vast tapestry that God has created where I am a mere thread. And somehow this helps me feel thankful; thankful that he is mindful of me in this vastness, thankful that God has managed solar systems and galaxies, of which I am a part.
One of my favorite vacations is going on a cruise. Sure the all-you-can-eat menus are a great feature and ports of call can be interesting and fun, but my favorite part are the days at sea when all I can see is a vast expanse of water in every direction. I feel so small and insignificant, and so do my problems. I’m overwhelmed with how big our world is and how much bigger its Creator must be. And in that moment of awesome, nature testifies to God’s glory and I am thankful.
Questions to ponder
Do you spend more time inside or outside? Which do you prefer and under what conditions?
What part of nature is most awe-inspiring and makes you think of God?
Why do you think getting outside and pondering creation can lead to thankfulness?