FAITH & INSPIRATION | View the World as a Gift from God
FAITH & INSPIRATION | | by Catherine Manning
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Have you ever stopped for a moment and marveled at the world God created for us? Maybe you’re standing somewhere with stunning landscapes right now. Perhaps a beach with pure, white sand and a gentle breeze that strokes your skin as you place your toes in the clear, blue water. Or maybe you’re standing on the front porch of a cabin that faces a picturesque mountain range. These are the moments when it’s not difficult to be thankful for the intricate and diverse world God created. But do you stop and marvel on days when you’re not in paradise? Do you feel thankful for the trees in your yard that provide shade on hot summer days? Or the clear skies that allow you to drive home safely?
Sometimes we take for granted the simple blessings given to us because we are so focused on the bigger blessings we may or may not be receiving. We worry about getting into our dream college or snagging a great job, but we forget that God works in simple blessings to give us what we really need. Every rain drop that hits soil is an opportunity for new growth to appear that could provide food and nourishment for our bodies. And every tree that grows from this soils provides oxygen for our lungs. If we could learn to be as selfless as our savior, then every problem on earth could be corrected by the tools God already placed in our hands.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26
Until the day comes where we can work together as brothers and sisters of God and effect change, we have to give thanks for God’s hand that touches us every day. He created this world to perfectly fit within the lives we are meant to live. Let’s try to live up to his plan and appreciate the color around us, which reminds us of the love God has, not only for the world, but the ones he gave it to.
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31