Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Our overnight “guest”, a little bird, was huddling beneath the umbrella on our deck. As the night summer storm’s thunder crashed, and lightning streaked through the sky in frightful displays of unleashed power, the little guy was covered, safe.
I immediately thought of Psalms 17:8: Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
People who confuse God with "Mother Nature" don't know either. Nature is cruel. Nature causes planes and buses to crash with dozens of students dying. Nature causes forest fires to rage out of control and make people homeless. Nature encourages things like cancer and sinkholes that both swallow up things.
People talk about “natural” with a smile. “Natural” is good when you’re talking fiber and chicken parts without GMO’s. Nature is harsh and mostly unforgiving in real time.
I have to shake my head in amazement when people talk about the “natural” order of life in terms of a calm resignation about death.
Don't talk to me of "natural". Death is natural for this world. And it isn’t pretty!
“Nature” is nobody’s mother!
Rather, speak to me of the protection of Almighty wings, where, even in the face of nature's most drastic attempts otherwise, I can live, move and have being.
Speak to me of the God who created nature, but remember: what is “natural” is not now what God created it to be. We still live in a fallen world with natural forces that are impacted by sin and upheaval.
Nature is harsh and unfeeling. God is so different than that!
When you speak of nature and natural, remember the proper perspective of the One who could speak words like Peace, be still (Mark 4:39b) and nature obeys!