3rd May 2016

Taking Things for Granted 

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

So often we think of God as an exacting entity, requiring obedience and to the highest standard. Yes, he does demand high standards (for our own good), but he also designed for pleasure many aspects of this creation we inhabit. And not least the seasons. It never ceases to amaze me that plants and trees lie dormant for winter months and then, just when winter is seemingly at its worst, they begin to grow.

Of course, all of this we take for granted. I’m certain that that should not be so. We need to realise that, even as God leaves this world to its own devices most of the time, nonetheless we can be sure that still he is in charge and making sure that what he wills, other than interfering with man’s free will, unerringly comes to pass.

So even as we passed the Hebrew month Nisan (‘bud’ or ‘to bud’; the month of budding) it’s interesting to note that another Hebrew word, nissim, is very similar. It means “miracles” and it is not an inappropriate connection to make, to associate that meaning with this month. It is clearly a time when miracles happen, like the sap rising in plants and trees. In the days when I wrote secular material for publication, I once wrote a long article about bluebells, which do much the same as the snowdrops. For nine months they are hidden in the soil and you’d never know that they were there, and then they unfailingly burst forth. It is one of the sights unique to England to see a forest floor ablaze in that limpid blue that is uniquely our bluebell.

Fortunately we can see such wonders every year. Even now as the snowdrops have gone for another year, and the bluebells fade back into the green forest undergrowth. As another season draws on with its miracles and wonders, let’s remember now and again to thank God for the beauty he has built into this world for us. The beauty has no monetary value, or any purpose, such as feeding us, but it does cheer man’s soul and point to the promises, even in a physical sense, that our God has given to us.

Mighty Father, help us to take note of the passing seasons. It’s so easy in our bustling civilisation to ignore, but so essential for us to realise that you made this earth for us and for us to learn about you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


046-Katie smelling the bluebellsAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
6th Form Common Room
Honey End Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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