Creation Speaks

By Ryan Dawson

I love the springtime!  There is something so special about new life bursting into full bloom after a cold and dormant winter.  I am always amazed at watching our gardens come alive as the perennials re-remerge with life and vitality.  

So often the mysteries of the spiritual life are revealed through nature.   Saint Augustine, the great philosopher and writer said this:  “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things.  Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink.  Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made.  Can you ask for a louder voice than that?  Why, heaven and earth shout to you: ‘God made me!’” (De Civit. Dei, Book XVI)

Creation speaks to us and Spring reminds us that we worship a God who makes all things new!  God brings life out of dead and dormant things.   Is there anything “dead” in your life that you need God to resurrect and restore?   I have good news!  We worship a God who IS Life, and He brings Life in all its fulness.  So often in the winter seasons of our lives, it appears like nothing is happening, because there is no visible evidence.  But just as the plants, flowers, and trees are being prepared for Spring, and in due time the evidence will be displayed in grandeur and beauty, God is working and preparing us through our winter seasons, for a springtime that will surely follow.  

Revelation 21:5  “And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’”

All of this is a great picture of the Life that Christ is inviting us into and making available through His love and grace.  God brings life out of darkness and death, and because of this we have hope and life for today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.  Creation tells us the story of God’s grace and faithfulness, so may the blooming flowers, plants, and trees remind us that God makes all things new!  

Blessings, Ryan