Even with the little winters (dogwood, blackberry, etc.) that we have, Spring in East Tennessee is a beautiful season. The forests and fields are full of new life. The trees are turning green and blooming. The grass is green on the baseball diamond and golf courses. The fish are biting and the turkeys are gobbling. When we have a beautiful Saturday it may be a difficult decision whether to hunt, fish, dust off the golf clubs, or take in a baseball game. That is a problem that I am thankful to have.
When I look around at the beauty of spring I am reminded that the hand of God is at work. We all remember that God made a covenant with Noah and sealed it with the rainbow (Gen. 9:12-17). He also promised, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease (Gen. 8:22).” In the face of “global warming” and “climate shift,” God keeps his promises.
God’s hand has always been at work, and he has always intended for it to be seen. Dealing with idolatry in Lystra, Paul pointed out that God did not leave himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness (Acts 14:17). Paul made similar comments in his letter to the Romans, stating that God’s invisible attributes had been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood by the things that are made (Rom. 1:20).
Paul’s comments may be a clue to help us understand why some people believe in evolution. If we think of God as an architect it should not be surprising that his creations have similarities. Some architects use such recognizable patterns that experts could tell you the name of the designer by just looking at the structure. Why should we think that this phenomenon is not possible in creation? Clearly it is possible.
All the beauty that we see is from the ultimate architect, from the newborn animals to the colorful blooms. We just need to be certain that we do not find ourselves in the category of those that Paul spoke of in Romans. They had no excuse. Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Rom. 1:21). When you go out this week look around at the beauty and give thanks to the one that has given it to us. Give God the glory and honor that he deserves.