“The heavens are declaring God’s splendour, the sky is announcing the work of God’s hands.” (Psalm 19.1)
“The Bible leaves no doubt at all about the sanctity of the act of world-making, or of the world that was made, or of creaturely or bodily life in this world. We are holy creatures living among other holy creatures in a world that is holy. Some people know this, and some do not. Nobody, of course, knows it all the time. But what keeps it from being far better known than it is? Why is it apparently unknown to millions of professed students of the Bible? How can modern Christianity have so solemnly folded its hands while so much of the work of God was and is being destroyed?” (Wendell Berry)
May is the month for getting reacquainted with nature. We turn over the soil creating furrows for planting. Gentle showers fall enabling growth. Long days lend themselves to deckchair conversations, the enjoyment of birdsong, and spectacular sunsets.
Psalm 19.1-6 remind us that in looking at nature, especially the sky, we see the ‘glory’ of God. This glory is revealed in God’s actions: bringing order out of chaos, bringing light at each dawn, ever creating and sustaining the animal world. The heavens do not speak and yet ‘their voice goes out through all the earth…’ (19.4). They are not God yet they reveal part of the mystery that is God.
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of the last century, was no believer in dogmatic theological statements. He accepted the label of agnostic. But he bristled at the thought of being pushy about it. “I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”
This week enjoy God’s word of creation in all its splendor and goodness. And be thankful!