How do you view the world? Are you the cynic who sees only sadness, sickness, and sorrow? Or are you the ostrich who can only be happy by refusing to acknowledge any shadow of ugliness? I’m convinced that through Christ we can see the world as it really is and yet still focus on joy, hope, and love. For we know that Christ came to make all things new, and someday He will finish the work He began on the Cross. Until then, we catch glimpses of His beauty in the miracles which surround us every day.
Be encouraged by Romans 1:20 as interpreted by the Message: “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”
And soak in this poetry from the Old Testament book of Job . . .
“God stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
He quieted the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are the fringes of His ways!”
I’m thankful God shares with us what He sees in the world! How about you?