Many of you who know me, know that I have been on a one-man crusade to get a new "Church" holiday added to the liturgical calendar - National Cheesecake Day. Simply because it is proof that God created me, he did not have to give me so many taste receptors, but he did so I could enjoy food, not just use it to sustain me.
Today with yet another of my God-given senses I have more proof that there is a God. After a couple of challenging weeks of ministry and life, I decided to take a couple of days off and recharge my batteries. For me, this often includes a change of scenery and hundreds of photos. So I headed to a lake cabin (Thanks to some good friends) and went hiking in the woods. There are many senses at work as I do this. I am listening to the wind rustling the leaves, I hear the crunch of the leaves under my foot, and I hear the many many sounds of the forest, the bird calls, the squirrels arguing with one another, and the ducks and geese calling out. But my sense of hearing is not was "caught my eye" so to speak.
It was the colors, plural, many of them more than I can count shades of red, yellow, brown, gold, green, purple, and more. Even in the photo below, there are any number of colors in the trees. Some of the leaves go through a cycle of colors as they pour their chloroform back into the tree. (Yes I paid attention in Natural Science class.) Likewise, many trees change from their summer green into a shining gold or a dazzling red with no other colors in between. so my question is "Why?"
Oh, you could give me lots of scientific information on what causes the variety of colors, but the question still remains, "Why?" The only explanation that makes any sense to me is God. God in his wisdom and joy of creation created trees and plants to be pleasing to the eye, and enjoyable to the senses. He wanted us to take it all in, and he created our eyes so that we could see all the shades and colors of the fall. Even the fact that our eyes can take it in and interpret them into the many colors we see is amazing. And don't give me the old tired theory of evolution, because if that was true why can't I see as far as an eagle? Why wouldn't our eyes all be advanced to the sharpest vision?
So the next time you eat a piece of Cheesecake, or go for a walk in the woods and see the beauty of God's creation all around you, remember that all of this from our sense of taste to the colors of the trees was designed by a God who is deeply and passionately in love with you! While you are at it, consider the fact that we enjoy and love in life today is coming to use in a broken world, to our sinful broken bodies. I can not even begin to imagine what is in store for my perfected body, in the paradise that awaits me.
"Behold what manor of love the Father has lavished upon us..." 1 John 3:1
So go out and take in the glory of God and go for a walk in the woods while eating a piece of cheesecake and listening to the sounds of nature.
<>< Pondering Pastor Craig