Because of that beauty that seems to be all around, I love to take as many walks outside as possible. When my son was smaller, we would go on “nature hunts” and take along a plastic bag to capture as many acorns, leaves and sticks as we’d like and then make collages (we mostly ended up with sticks!).
As I walked the other day, the sun was beginning to set, and a warm light highlighted the diversity of colors and shapes of the leaves. What an interesting Creator we have! Instead of just one type of tree with one type of color of leaf, He gave us hundreds of types of trees in all shapes and sizes.The leaves themselves change over a single year’s time. They burst forth in the spring and cover the tree like a blanket; then in the fall they turn burnt crimson colors and yellow and orange and every shade in between.
Why did God choose to make trees like this? What was His purpose? It is a mystery, but I am grateful for it.
As the trees are changing, harvest is also in full swing. As a farm girl, I used to watch the growing season of corn and soybeans, waiting for the combines to come down the road to bring in the season’s crop. Here God created plants that could help sustain our bodies, provide an income, feed livestock and do even more.
I’ve also been reading about essential oils, taken front plants and trees that God created and ordained. Another blessing in creation that God gave to provide health and healing….and also another mystery as to the why and the how.
Seeing the beauty of fall and the usefulness and mystery of all of the different plants and trees around me made me dig a bit into Scripture. While we may not understand why God made this world the way He did, we know He has purpose and meaning in all of His creation. In some passages of Scripture, His creation heralds his majesty and position of authority, and they give us evidence of God himself.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world. – Psalm 19:1-4
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. – Romans 1:20
While the wonders of God’s creation are still mysterious for me, I can be grateful for the beauty, the aromas, the nourishment and the majesty of all these good things God gives us in creation. This fall, I pray you can take time to savor God’s creation and be in wonder of His majesty.
– Jen Clark