June 11, 2009
A Grain of Sand
The world is so complex. In the beginning God made the world in a state of perfection. In Genesis it says that God was pleased with all of his creation. But sin entered and cursed everything. Today, when we look at the world we see so much sorrow and suffering. Things are not as God wanted them to be.
The Bible says that the world and all creation moans for his return and for when he will make everything new again, the way he intended from the beginning. But even though things are not right at the moment the world is still so tragically beautiful!
The whole world, even the entire universe, belongs to God and one day he will return.
" The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it, for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters." Psalms 24:1
The world is complex but I believe it is this way because God, the creator, is so deeply complex. Everything he creates has symmetry and beauty and it astounds the human mind to think that his creativity is endless.
The beauty and wonder of God can be seen everywhere! Even in something as inconsequential as a single grain of sand.
Don't believe that a grain of sand is anything special? Take a look at the following photographs taken by Dr. Gary Greenberg.
These photos are samples taken from beaches all over the world! And to think about how so much beauty is on one beach and how I step in it completely oblivious to the wonder of it all... it just blows my mind! How could anything so beautiful be random or unimportant! Looking at these photos, I am amazed at how detail oriented God is. They tell me so much about his character and how carefully he involves himself with us in our own lives. How could I ever question what he allows to happen in my life?
" For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
Dr. Gary Greenberg is a talented, brilliant photographer who combines art with science. He has a PH.D. in biomedical research from the University of London and holds 17 patents for high-definition 3-D light microscopes. And he lives in Haiku Hawaii.
A very blessed life indeed! And so I thought with all these amazing tools, discoveries, and environments that the evidence of a creator would be undeniable. But unfortunately, Dr. Greenberg does not mention God in any of his work. There is plenty said about "nature" but the creator is not recognized.
His case is a devastating reminder to me about how close so many people are to knowing God and yet they miss all the signs! In the book of Romans Paul explains how God will not hide his wrath from those who decide to live and die in ignorance of his existence.
" For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse;" Romans 1:19-20
These verses are very sobering. When Jesus walked on earth he always adamantly reminded his disciples that time is short. So many need to hear about the cross and the savior who happens to also be our creator! Because if we, Christians, don't share the good news... if we never talk to others about Christ... how will they ever know? And even though it is true that none of us have the power to change anyone's mind on anything, it is a privilege to be a tool God can use to help people come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
God is so beyond our understanding and comprehension but even though this amazing being is so above us he desires to love, teach, and comfort us for all of eternity! The Bible says that even the angels yearn to learn the things that only man (humans) can know... the grace of salvation.
" How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake I am still with you." Psalm 139: 17-18
God is real. The Bible is truth. And when this life ends I know I will finally see the face of my creator and savior. It is the hope of every Christian. And even though there are days when I feel so unimportant and small God says that I am precious and bought with the highest price. So remember, even though there are many people who have lived, are living, and will live... there will never be anyone like you or me. We are each unique... like a grain of sand.
" My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." Job 42:5