2020-09-16 Nature. God’s Glory. Sing!

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Psalm 19:1

So, I’ve been observing something interesting that I haven’t noticed before. I absolutely love this time of year simply because of the change of colors. I have to confess that I have been complaining about the onset of winter more and more as I age. That’s because my body is changing. I’m enjoying warm weather much more than I used to, and I’m enjoying cold weather far less. I suppose that can be expected; however, I must not let myself become a complainer of the seasons or the weather.

Fall brings about a wide range of colors that will simply stun a person. There are yellows and reds, browns and greens, all in different shades and hues. The change occurs quickly. Who among us doesn’t notice the first maple turning color? At the same time, we don’t notice it until we notice that it ALL has changed, and we think, “When did THAT happen?”

Here’s what I noticed for the first time. With all of the different colors, there are none that don’t fit well with the rest. I mean there isn’t any color that clashes with another. I never really noticed that before. I’m pretty sure I would easily be able to find a favorite shirt of mine that will make (some) people sick when I pair it with a pair of my favorite pants – just because the colors collide. It happens all the time in the human world. Heck, some people make a living making sure colors “go together.” Right? That’s not necessary in God’s environment. His colors always match.

That got me to thinking about other sensory things. Could this be true for hearing as well? Could all HIS sounds go together? Now, I’m not expert on any of this, and I only googled a couple things, but I found that minor keys are a man-made sound. For those of you, like me, who don’t know what a minor key is, think scary movie music. You’ll immediately recognize it as such just because of the key. Same is true for sad music. I’m sure someone will say that there are minor keys in nature, but it seems to me that the sounds of the outdoors fit together perfectly.

There’s a good chance I could overthink all of this and miss the major point – that all that God creates fits together harmoniously. Man is the one who introduces disturbance. We’re the ones who make colors that clash. We’re the ones that give opportunity for disturbing music. We’re the ones who introduced death into the world.

Even so, there is still the undeniable presence of God and his majesty in the things we see in nature. In fact, if we allow ourselves, we can be totally overwhelmed by his eternal power and divine nature. Then, you’ll see this happening all over the planet:

Psalm 96:11-13 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in faithfulness.

I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing the forest sing for joy! Do yourself a favor, go for a drive in the country today and enjoy God’s creation. But, before you do, read Psalm 98. It’ll put you in the right frame of mind.

Father, you indeed are evident! Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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