God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone,
but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.
~Author unknown, commonly attributed
to Martin Luther
Yesterday's early morning walk allowed me to consider again how very unapologetic is nature when it comes to it's duty.
Never do I hear the Fir tree crumbling that it isn't a Rhododendron; nor do I witness the grass sparring with the rocks over which is more needful. Even the rain seems satisfied with it's lot - inspite of, or because of, or perhaps ignorant of man's indignity towards it. The sun never shrinks from the power granted it; and the winds follow their designated courses though no map is given them.
- Forests welcome precipitation in all its forms.
- Deserts giggle at drought.
- Oceans swell & heave in powerful displays.
- Mountains open wide their arms to receive ice & snow.
- Rivers race to the sea to demonstrate their abundance.
- Creatures exercise their instinctive rights without apology.
- Starry skies make bold proclamations though no one hear.
Indeed, His Gospel is forever on display.
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,
so that people are without excuse.
A Pumpkin in a Pear Tree
I love to think of nature as an unlimited
broadcasting station, through which God
speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
~George Washington Carver
Photo: A nearby garden vine climbed the tree, giving the now-green pumpkin the appearance of having sprouted from one the pear tree's branches. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.