“And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
Some years ago I was given the gift of a week in Cape Town. One morning I was taken to the point where the two oceans meet. We had breakfast, and then wandered off, each with our own thoughts as we absorbed the view. It was a beautiful, cloudless day. The sun was hot upon my back, and everything was clear and fresh. I walked towards the sea and stood looking out over the waters. They were a deep, purplish blue. A steady swell was moving from my left to my right and, without wind, there were no white horses. Instead the sun-kissed waves sparkled as if they were reflecting all the stars of heaven. The air was heavy with a silent stillness. I stood, and watched this majestic loveliness in awe and, without thinking, said softly, “God, but it’s beautiful!”
Deep within me a quiet, but unmistakable, voice said, “I like it too!”
I stood very still, unwilling to break the moment. It seemed as if, suddenly, Someone else was within me, and I was enabled to look out through His eyes and feel the response in His heart, as He did the same with me. It was a long and very precious moment, in which I seemed hardly to breathe, as I knew this deep and powerful oneness with God.
Afterwards, as I looked back upon this time, I realised that I had never imagined that God could still enjoy looking over His creation. In the beginning He certainly had looked at it with approval. The Biblical, “It was good” could today, perhaps, more adequately be expressed as, “I am delighted!” I find, however, that it has changed the way that I look at things. I am a lover of beauty, and I see it all around me. Now as I look at a sunrise or sunset, clouds floating through the sky, raindrops on a leaf, or the movement of the ocean, I feel as if I am still sharing a moment with God. Indeed, it is as if He is drawing my attention to it and saying softly, “And how do you like this one?” The artist of creation, sharing His treasures with His son.
I understand what Paul has said,
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20)
He shares it with us. And if His creation is filled with such beauty, how much more beautiful must be the appearance, and character, of the Creator!
Look around at the wonder of God’s creation. Allow Him to share it with you.
Open my eyes Lord that I may see, my spirit that I might receive, and my heart that I may respond. Amen.