With summer approaching, the days are hot. Getting reprieve in a cold swim hole is like the welcoming of a friend you have not seen in years, refreshing! The kids (7,5,3) and I (really?) needed to disentangle from routine. A short drive deposited us at our destination.
As we meandered along the hiking trail the noise of water cascading over the bluffs perked up their anticipation. It was an easy hike down into the thick wooded ravine. A solid bedrock serves as the transition from the base of the waterfall to the swim hole, channeling the water over smooth slippery sections to create mini water slide-like experiences. Large boulders line the creek bed with an open invitation to rock hop. A perfect place for the kids to scamper freely about and explore, while I, the parent on duty, bellow constant comments of caution:
- “Be careful, the rocks are slippery.”
- “Are you OK? Yep, Oh, you will be fine.”
- “Um, climbing up the waterfall rock face is not a good idea!”
- “Don’t throw rocks in the same direction of people!”
- “Your sisters are people!”
Such Peaceful moments!
Anyways, in time, the joys and thrills of exploration wore off just enough for their stomachs to feel the pinch of hunger’s grip. The kid’s simultaneously bounded back to their food supplier, me. Mouths stuffed with PB&J and fruit gave a brief calm, swallowed all chatter, while attentions gave way toward the sky. The high ravine walls topped with towering trees, and their extending branches, made the sky look more like the patchwork of holes in the ceiling of a cathedral left in ruin. Sparse cumulus clouds lazily wafted by enabling the sun-rays and shadows to play a game of chase. When an unusually large cloud casually gave its adieu, the sun-rays instantly filled the ravine, tagging all shadows at once. We became a choir of “oohs and awes.”
A large spider web some great distance above, and invisible to us before, was now a kaleidoscope of colors. A natural prism like pattern refracting the light. Beautiful. Our momentary silence of awe turned into a Q & A session: prisms, creation, and evolution. They wanted to know. A spider’s web turning into a rainbow of colors is not an essential part of its survival. We were mesmerized as a gentle breeze gave momentum to this silk spun rainbow.
There is a rational functionality to the artistry of a spider’s web design. However, a house of colors had nothing to do with the spider’s survival. Such only echoed the majestic beauty of the sun’s ray revealing something simply for our delight. Wonder.
So too, the home of my “self.” My spirit is like that web. Ordinary. Invisible. Yet, when the Holy Spirit bend’s the Son’s light (John 8:12), like a prism to the soul, wonder happens. Spiritual awe takes hold.
We are created in wisdom and truth. We are created for glory and majesty, not random happen chance. God says He will “lead and guide” us (Psalm 31:3), and if we follow His order we are satisfied to find our existence created for purpose (Psalm 8). Yes, there is a functionality for the created order, but just as important, there are the displays of God’s glory, merely for His delight, as well as ours, beyond our wildest imagination.
Observe and listen with an “open mind.” Wisdom is found there. Truth is found there. Learn from and trust in truth’s joys to be discovered there. Wisdom and Truth are integral to the formation of creation; these exist in perfect unity from before the foundation of the world. Wisdom charges that chaos does not drum up creation’s order. Chaos, just a survival of the fittest, is to desist from wisdom’s creation story told in
Wisdom’s Account (Proverbs 8:22-31)
The Lord made me at the beginning of His creation,
before His works of long ago.
I was formed before ancient times,
from the beginning, before the earth began (v. 22-23).
I was brought forth (v. 24-25):
1.) when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water.
Creation’s Account (1st Day) Genesis 1:2
Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness covered the surface of the watery depths,
and the Spirit of God was hovering…
2.) before the mountain and hills were established, before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth.
Creation’s Account (3rd Day) Genesis 1:9-10
Then God said,… let the dry land appear.
And it was so. God called the dry land “earth.”
I was there (v. 27-29):
1.) when He established the heavens,
Creation’s Account (4th Day) Genesis 1:14, 16
Then God said, Let there be lights in the
expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night.
They will serve as signs for festivals and for days and years.
God made the two great lights… as well as the stars.
2.) when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean, when He placed the skies above.
Creation’s Account (2nd Day) Genesis 1:7
So God made the expanse and separated the water
under the expanse from the water above the expanse…
God called the expanse “sky.”
3.) when the fountains of the ocean gushed forth, when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth.
Creation’s Account (3rd Day) Genesis 1:9, 11-12
Then God said, Let the water under the sky be gathered
into one place… He called the gathering of the water “seas.”
Then God said, Let the earth produce vegetation:
seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on the earth
bearing fruit with seed in it …
I was a skilled craftsman beside Him.
I was His delight every day,
always rejoicing before Him (v. 30).
I was (v. 31):
1.) rejoicing in His inhabited world,
Creation’s Account (5th Day; 6th Day ) Genesis 1:20; 1:24
Then God said, Let the water swarm with living creatures
and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.
Then God said, Let the earth produce living creatures
according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl,
and the wildlife of the earth…
2.) delighting in the human race.
Creation’s Account (6th Day) Genesis 1:27
So God created man in His own image; He created him
in the image of God; He created them male and female.
Look closely in wonder.
Be surrounded in awe.
Listen to its audition.
Be captivated by the orchestration.
Psalm 33:6-9; Hebrews 11:3