I noticed a beautiful flower that my wife had gotten in a bouquet from one of her sons.  It sat there for a few days before I even stopped to notice it and enjoy the beauty of what God had created.  I took some time to stop and ponder God’s perfect Hand in making something that was for our enjoyment and which also pointed back to Him for His glory.  He always does that.  He always provides us with things to enjoy and marvel at that point back to Him.  I think He gives us eyes and ears so that at times we stop and listen and take in the rich beauty of His creation.

Can you identify with David’s heart in Psalm 19?  He can’t help but see God in His creation:  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”  (Psalm 19:1-2)  He saw the skies and could not help but worship.  It was a trigger for him to reflect on what God was like.  The great hymn “How Great Thou Art” speaks of the same reflection:

“Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art”

God’s intention is that in all that is around us we are to see and smell and hear the evidences of His Being.  Everything we perceive points out His loving, sovereign, all powerful Hands.  David saw that in the stars and the sky.  When is the last time you stopped and looked at the stars at night and “heard their speech?”

If you are like me, you don’t take the time to smell the roses (or really enjoy the stars).  We see those things in passing, like I saw the bouquet on the counter, but we don’t really stop and ponder as David did.  There is just so much going on that we tend to forget His handiwork.  But the roses are not to be smelled just for the enjoyment of the scent.  There is a bigger picture and purpose in God revealing Himself.  But we have to choose to stop and recognize these simple gifts and make the connection between the stars and the God that set them in place.   The things that we see are reminders of His existence and His Presence.  Paul wrote in Romans 1:20 that God’s, “invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”  Paul then applies it to those that refuse to acknowledge God by this evidence and reject Him.  But it is clear from what Paul writes that “the things that have been made” tell of who God is, or as David wrote, “declare the glory of God.”

What does all this mean?  I think it is important to stop and reflect on what we see in our daily existence.  For some, noticing the beauty and order of creation should bring them to a place of acknowledging the Designer and Creator of such magnificent beauty and to trust His Son Jesus Christ as the One that, “by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,”  (Colossians 1:16)  I would suggest that any reasonable person that actually stops to see the beauty of a flower or the stars would have a hard time attributing that to “chance.”  But I also think there is something significant for the believer.  We pass our days in the rush and rumble of everyday life, missing the beauty of what God has given us and, in missing that beauty, missing the simple reminders of God’s order, His wisdom and His love for those He created.  Seeing His invisible attributes, as Paul puts it, should bring us back to a place of rest and faith.  The stars and the flowers will remind us of who He is and should give us a hunger for His written revelation,  the Bible.  But it’s only in the slowing down to notice that we can come back to the place that He wants us to be that we have too easily missed – heartfelt worship and thankfulness.

So the next time you pass by a display of flowers, for your own sake and for His glory, stop and enjoy!

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