Sunday, May 18, 2008

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.-- E.H. Chapin

"It is truly a most Christian exercise to extract a sentiment of piety from the works and appearances of nature. Our Saviour expatiates on a flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplation of religion, and be, at the same time, alive to the charms and loveliness of nature." -- Chalmers. Photo by amarjeet sisngh sadal

1 comment:

Mel said...

I've been thinking about this very thing recently. I'll share this quote with you that I found in the John Piper book, "Don't Waste Your Life." It's one of those ideas that gripped the meditative energy of my hungry mind and wouldn't let go for a while. :)

"Sometimes people say that they cannot believe that, if there
is a God, he would take interest in such a tiny speck of reality
called humanity on Planet Earth. The universe, they say, is so
vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have
bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us?

"Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the
universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the insignificance of man. God made man small and the universe big to
say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and
enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us
about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should
stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God.
And it is an understatement. But the point is not to nullify us but
to glorify him."