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The more I learn about nature, the more I’m amazed at God’s creativity.
In Genesis 1:20, God tells the waters to teem with living creatures. It’s one sentence. But wow, that includes 2,000 species of starfish, 86 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and 54 species of seahorses. And those are just the ones we know about!
Genesis 1:11 says let the land produce vegetation. Again, sounds simple. Trees are only one type of vegetation, and there are 20,000 types in the world. Let’s look at just one: the coconut palm tree. I’m partial to anything tropical, and coconut everything seems to be very popular right now. I’ve found more than 100 uses for coconut oil that range from cooking to moisturizing your body. We can drink coconut water and milk.
Around the world, people use every part of the coconut. The shell becomes a bowl. Crafters use leaves for toys and baskets. Chefs use palm leaves for cooking wraps. Builders fashion small canoes or furniture from the trunks.
Here are three lessons that I’ve learned from observing nature:
- God likes variety.
- He creates a purpose for everything.
- He’s surrounded us with resources.
- If God is so detailed with nature, how much more so He is with us.
Could it be that God wants to reveal new things to us?
I challenge you to spend time on a regular basis with God, and listen for Him to speak. You never know what you might learn!
Three teenagers I know are beginning a “new normal” without their mom who was killed in a car accident.
A Ukrainian family is adjusting to life without their son, who was killed by a drunk driver.
Our neighbors down the street are adapting to homeschooling while my son adjusts to his best friend no longer being in his class at school.
My gym is closing, so I’m looking for a new place to exercise. Meanwhile instructors try to find new jobs.
In our verse today, God tells the Israelites that change is coming. He’s already rescued them once from Egypt by parting the Red Sea. He’s telling them of a future time when he will lead them through barren land and create streams in the desert. I find it so interesting that God almost reverses His miracle. First he creates dry land in the midst of a sea. Then, he will create streams through the desert.
I find hope in this verse. Hope that God can change desperate situations that look impossible. Hope that God will restore joy in the midst of despair. Hope that God will increase faith in times of sorrow. Hope that God will provide friends when others move. Hope that God will bring jobs that have been lost.
If God is steering you in a new direction, pray for His blessings and favor. You may need to repent from sin or seek help with granting forgiveness. Whatever your situation, God has plans for your good. Jeremiah 29:11.
Habakkuk questioned. How long must I call for help? Hab. 1:2
David questioned. My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps. 22:1
Thomas questioned whether or not Jesus was really alive in John 20.
Even Jesus questioned the crucifixion in Matthew 27:46.
I know I’ve had questions too. Just last week, I wondered why God allowed a mom of three and a high-school senior to be killed in a car accident.
My 10-year-old comes up with some good questions too. Like, why did God make the devil? Does God love the devil?
Still, I think God wants us to talk with Him about our questions. He may not give us answers. But He does promise to give us peace.
Philippians 4:7 says God can give us a peace beyond what we can understand.
I don’t know about you, but that comforts me. Yes, I want answers. But I’m hoping for answers to give me peace. I suppose Jesus knows we really want peace – so he just gives us that.
Will you take your questions to God today? He may not give you the answers, but I pray that He will give you peace.
Dear Father, Please give us peace even when we don’t have the answers we want. In Jesus’ Name, Amen