Jun 18, 2013

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MEDITATION: The beauty of our earth

Isaiah and Job are among the books of the Bible to which I constantly return, finding great pleasure in the imagery and the beauty of the language.  Indeed, the book of Job contains some of the most moving poetry in the Bible.  The Psalms deserve that honour, of course, but when God  addresses Job directly in Chapter 38 –  The Lord Speaks is the heading – one stands in awe, not only in awe of the Creator, but also of His creation.
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops  of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
When the waters become hard as stone,
When the surface of the deep is frozen?  (Job 38: 29 & 30).
Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades?
Can you loose the cords of Orion?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? (Job 38: 31 & 33)
I find it difficult to choose passages to quote.  It is so beautiful I want to share it all.
I spent last week with my three children in the Kruger National Park, which is why Job comes so easily to mind.  Travelling safely in a car, one concentrates on the veld, checking every inch for the shy duiker or steenbok, peering into every tree in the hope of seeing a leopard, enjoying the swoop and tumble of the brightly feathered roller.  The long-necked giraffe (tall flowers of the African veld, wrote Karen Blixen) blinks with long eyelashes, the zebra amuses in his stripes, and the impala impress with their grace.
What a joy it is to see the face of God in the world around us.  Everything – the snake, the ostrich, the nyala, even the giant baobab – become holy because created by Him.
Let us not go blindfolded through our days.  By reading Job our eyes can be reopened to the beauty and the power of God – in His creation.  And perhaps, like Job, we will be able to say:
My ears had heard of you
But now my eyes have seen you. (Job 42: 5).
Lord, we thank Thee for the beauty of this earth.  Help us to recognize that beauty, and to see Thy face in it.
Cecile Cilliers

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