Saturday, September 20, 2014

Doxology of Life









Doxology of Life


Why all the wonders in the world?

In the sky, the land, the oceans swirl?

Creatures diverse and separate teeming, 

Migration sets the cycle streaming. 

Gathering and reaching, 

Through the womb of water breaching.

For breath of air and breath of life,

Prevail the whales and butterflies.

All that I cannot comprehend

Makes me give a great Amen.

                       ~C. M. Griese






He was a surfer dude with long hair that fell across his tanned neck. The class looked up to him for guidance. For inspiration. And for a good letter grade in Biology.


He scanned the room and grinned as if he was about to tell us wonderful news. "Raise your hand if you want to skip the chapter on evolution."

Hands sprung up, including mine. Some students were high-fiving; overjoyed for not having to learn another boring concept. Some breathed sighs of relief for skipping a theory they didn't believe in.

My hand was raised for both reasons. I was thankful myself that this teacher and surfer for Jesus didn't subject us to an idea that shakes the faith of many impressionable young people.


My sense of wonder remained. We were not an accident. We were made on purpose. For a purpose.


My ninth grade Biology class unanimously voted out evolution, and I don't think I missed a thing.


To be sure, I've since learned all about it. Through the media, textbooks, college professors, novels, and movies. Evolution has been clearly explained to me.


But, I don't believe it.


Sure creatures are equipped to adapt to their environment, but I've never believed that life was an accident. 


Yet we're taught from a young age, this marred world is all there is. It's no wonder so many suffer from hopelessness.


But, if we believed we were made on purpose, out of love and great intention, wouldn't that change our perspective on life?


The thing is, we really can't know for sure if God is real. There is nothing quantifiable to prove His existence.


But, the qualitative data is there.


His qualities.


His handiwork.


We were made in His image. To love. To create. To contemplate. To give order. To beautify our world.


We cannot see God, but we are His masterpiece.


As are whales and butterflies.


From great to small, all of creation longs for our Creator to reveal Himself and to heal, restore, and renew this broken world.


Salvation is found in no other(Acts 4:11,12).


Through wars and famine, peace and plenty, our God remains the same. He loves us. He has a plan. And, He is good.


And, He's going to make it all right.


One day, we'll see.


"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved (Romans 8:22-24)."

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.