Kicking leaves and thinking about creation

Kicking leavesI was out walking the other day, and I found myself kicking leaves that were lying on the pathway. This has always been a favourite pass time of mine.  It was then I realised that autumn was fully with us. I enjoy autumn. I love the trees changing colour, the fields harvested and the large round bails waiting to be collected and stacked in barns, the berries on the shrubs and trees, along with a host of other sights that give a sense of completion.  One thing I miss these days is walking along by the River in Wear with Gandalf. Gandalf was my Labrador and this time of the year the horse chestnut trees showered down upon the earth their prickly green fruit. I would pick one up and peel off the green outer coating, trying hard not to impale my finger on the treacherous spikes. The risk was well worth it for inside was the wondrous chestnut, the beautiful swirling browns, like a magnificently polished orb.

ConkersSuch experience, like gazing upon the chestnut, always makes me consider the wonder of creation. Such a simple thing a chestnut, yet, so wonderfully made. It is a very small part of the gift which is creation. The smaller speaks of the greater, the magnificent panoply that is the created order, from the vastness of the myriad of stars to the sub-atomic particle, from the wonder of the great whale frolicking in the ocean waves, to the smallest insect scuttling over the sun baked ground. All this speaks to us of the magnificence, the splendour, the wonder of the created order.

Note the language I use here is that of creation. What I have spoken of above is not first and foremost nature but creation, the work of God. The psalmist writes concerning the wonder of God’s creative power, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. The psalmist in another place writes, When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. The world around us is God’s gracious work, He did not have to create anything but out of his magnificent loving benevolence he created that which was other than himself and He placed humankind within it as His steward to care and nurture that which he brought into being.Universe

Now there are many things we could go on to write concerning God’s creation and our place within the created order. Humankind’s stewardship of creation for instance, or the New Testament’s teaching on the place of Jesus Christ as the agent of creation and the end to which creationCelebration is moving. However, this is not the place to develop these interesting topics. My point is to draw attention to the God who is supreme over creation as well as creator. For, He is alone worthy of praise and adoration for his mighty works; yes, in salvation, but also in creation. So we finish with some words from a well-known hymn.

O Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works
Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

 

Ronnie Wynd