Monday, October 10, 2011

Actively Involved

It’s raining leaves today. There is no question as to why it’s called ‘fall.’ The crisp crunch of the leaves that carpet the path from my back door to the doghouses calls me to focus my attention on the beauty of God’s creation. The changing of the seasons gives me special reason to pause and reflect on the majesty of my Creator. Each new season points to a creative God who gives us glimpses of His glory in ways that beckon us to get to know Him better.

The very first verse of the Bible assures us that, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1; KJV). The power of the spoken word of God! In just six days, all the things that make up the universe as we know it were created by our amazing God. As I was thinking about the numerous types of plants, trees, fish, birds, insects and animals that He merely spoke into existence, I was reminded that it was different when he created man and woman.

Before God created man, we’re given a glimpse of what He thought about what He had created up to this point, “…God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:25). But man alone was created in God’s image (see Gen. 1:27). Instead of merely speaking him into existence, Genesis 2:7 shows us God’s active involvement in man’s creation: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Our purpose is much different than that of any other creature God created. We were ‘formed’ in order to enjoy fellowship with our Creator, bringing Him honor and glory as we follow Him in obedience. It’s astounding to think that the God of the universe would desire a relationship with us. What a loving Father! And He is able to use His creation to continually point us back to Him.

In Psalm 19, David was quick to share how the very creation of God reveals His greatness, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (1-3). When I think of the glorious sunsets God paints with just a stroke of His brush, or the complexity and perfection of each snowflake He’s created, I wholeheartedly agree with the Psalmist.

What have you noticed recently in God’s creation that reveals His greatness? I’d love to hear from you.

Don’t allow the busyness of life to keep you from noticing the handiwork of your Heavenly Father! Praise Him for His goodness today!


  1. I am in love with the countryside of Texas--the huge huge farms,the sky--all of it.:)

  2. I enjoyed your post!

    Fall is my favorite season and for many of the reasons you listed! I think the changing colors and even the smell (Did you ever notice that each season has a certain smell or am I just strange? :-)...) of the season are things that stick out to me.

    I especially liked the reminder you shared: "Don’t allow the busyness of life to keep you from noticing the handiwork of your Heavenly Father!"

    This happens far too easily!

  3. Love Fall - and I'm humbled and delighted by your reminder that we were FORMED. Stunning. Wonderful post, Maria!

  4. Oh I love the fall! We recently moved here to acreage and it is most wonderful.

    Yes, hang the busyness and notice God's creation, His presence is so very strong, turn the volume of the birds up a bit in our souls...

    Great entry, a wonderful reminder...
    ~Amelia : )

  5. I probably spend too much time indoors. There is something truly special about being out in God's creation. It reminds me how amazing, gentle, loving, and powerful He is. Thank you for reminding me to take time to stand in awe of my Creator!

  6. I got lost (kinda) this weekend while on a road trip and the beauty around me while driving through the country side reminded me of how magnificent my God really is! the sound of the birds and the awesome colors of Fall is so incredible and it reminded me to spend more time in silence observing and absorbing this natural beauty. This was a great post Maria! as always, truly inspiring and thought provoking.

  7. Ah, perfection. Thanks so much for reminding me of HIs breath in us, the intricate details He ut put into making us.

    There is something about a clear night when the moon stands out, seeming almost fake. It's beauty reminds me of God's light always leading us through dark places, just enough light to draw us, not too bright to make us cringe or turn away. I love those nights, and the nights the moon is orange! Those fascinate me!

  8. I love to see the snow high on Pikes Peak. From my house, it looks so serene, and the sun is shining right on top of the mountain. It reminds me of God's majesty.

  9. I love to drink in the majesty of creation. It's everywhere, and I am thankful! :)

    Have a good weekend!

  10. A relative once said he hated Fall because it spoke of death to him. Yet, I see the promise of life, that this is not a permanent condition. It is a doorway to another season.