In most of our college and high school classrooms, we’re taught that the world we see is the product of random chance over millions of years. The theory of evolution is accepted as fact in today’s culture, and to think our world is the product of intelligent design is considered…well, less than intelligent.
But what if the world itself pointed to a Creator? The world around us is full of incredible detail, from the veins in a maple leaf to the way seasons change without direction. We live in such a bustle of activity that sometimes we fail to stop and look at how the world points to the One who made it. Here are three things that can give us some perspective.
1. The Seasons
Have you ever stopped to think about how natural the transition of the seasons really is? How it happens without any direction, yet is so necessary to the working of the world?
Spring flowers and pollination produce the fruit we enjoy in the summer. Fall, while beautiful, allows the trees and plants to seed for the next spring, and winter gives them a much-needed hibernation from the summer’s growth.
Not only this, but the diversity of plant life involved in the four seasons is almost beyond comprehension. The fruits and vegetables we see in the grocery store (and on our dinner plates) are perfectly designed to provide sustenance to our bodies, but many of them also act as the seeds, flowers and roots of the plants from which they are taken. Both humans and animals benefit from the nutrients provided by the world’s vegetation, as well as from their beauty in the gardens and rain forests around the globe.
2. The Universe
If the moon were not in the exact distance it is from the earth, the oceans we see gently lapping the beaches in Florida, California and around the world would be completely out of control. That distance is essential for the gravitational pull that controls our tides.
The same goes for the sun. If the earth were any closer to the sun, it would burn up; any further away, and it would be too cold for life to survive.
We could point to the billions upon billions of stars, the planets we’ve been able to name and identify, and the galaxies that make up our universe as further examples of God’s glory and creative power. The beauty and magnitude of these things are a reflection of the beauty and magnitude of God Himself.
3. The Animals
Many of us have pets. But have you ever sat and studied your cat or dog? How is it that a cat always lands on its feet when it falls? There is a particular design to a cat’s spine that allows it to do so.
Dogs have an incredible capacity to assist humans in K-9 units and as seeing eye dogs. Their ability to smell and sense danger has aided men and women in many ways over the course of history.
The diversity of the animal kingdom alone is a testament to God’s creative power. It is almost as if you can see God smiling as He designed the beauty and uniqueness of each species, from the silly-looking platypus to the regal lioness. A simple study of biology reveals how complicated the systems are behind each of these creatures, from tiny protozoa to African elephants.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered what it takes to allow you to see? We take things like sight and hearing for granted, but each moment our brains are sending messages back and forth to our eyes and ears, receiving and transmitting information just for us to go about daily life. We are constantly processing this information. Our organs are constantly working with one another to allow us to simply live. When you stop and think about it, our very existence is truly a miracle.
While the animals have similar biological functions, also constantly firing to keep them alive, men and women have the additional gift of a rational, self-conscious mind. We are able to talk to each another, process ideas and, most of all, have deeply fulfilling relationships with one another. Perhaps this is what God meant when He said, “Let us make man in our own image” (Genesis 2).
It’s easy to take this world for granted, living in it but never really seeing it. But when we stop and observe what is around us—even what looks back at us from the mirror each morning—we can see the fingerprints of God all over creation. From the dandelion on the sidewalk to the baby in her mother’s arms, this world reflects the loving design of an intelligent and kind Creator—if we take the time to notice it.