Friday, October 21, 2011
DEVOTION: Magnificent Creation- Shirley Corder
I stood at one of the stalls at a craft market next to the national road. All over the ground were intricate wooden carvings of animals ranging from ten centimetre chameleons to two metre giraffes. Every one of these carvings was created by a skilled craftsman. We have no problem accepting that.
Imagine if I were to pick on a tourist and explain, "These just arrive here every weekend. No one makes them you know. They just create themselves out of dust." My guess is that the tourist would put a speedy distance between me and him, and decide that some South Africans have some very strange ideas. Yet some highly qualified people expect us to believe even more far-fetched ideas than this.
Paul Charles William Davies, is an English physicist, writer and broadcaster, and currently a professor at the Arizona State University. He is quoted as saying, "Nobody knows how a mixture of lifeless chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell." Andrew Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History and a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, said, "We don't really know how life originated on this planet." Such erudite men, yet they don't know where life came from. They honestly want us to believe we "spontaneously organized" ourselves into human beings? Oh please.
Next time you set to work, I challenge you to assemble the tools of your trade on your desk. See to it that your computer and printer are switched on. Check your Internet connection. Put paper in the printer and make sure you have a full ink cartridge. Now stand back and watch for the results. Of course, if we're to listen to the evolutionists, you may have to wait a billion or so years. But eventually, can you imagine the amazing story or article that could result? Without any involvement from you.
That's just plain silly!
Surely it is much simpler to believe the Bible's explanation? There has to be a Master Craftsman behind the creation of every creature, including you and me. I don't want to be a result of an accident, or some sort of spontaneous fluke. I love the idea that I have been planned and put together by a magnificent God. He knows why He created me. He knows what I'm capable of doing. And He will never expect me to cope with more than I'm able to deal with.
So rather than waiting a couple of billion years, next time you start a new article, chapter or even sentence, why not follow your Creator's example. Have a plan, add some creativity, and produce something you can be proud of. Something that will cause your reader to say, "Hey! This is good. It's very good. I want to know more."
As you complete each project, each book, each article, take some time to admire it, enjoy it, and think, "I created this." Then picture God looking down on you, taking pleasure in your enjoyment, and feeling proud of His creation.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for making me a part of this amazing miracle we call Earth. Thank you for the incredible ingenuity and attention to detail which you used as you made mankind in your own image. As I attempt, in a very small way, to create characters, situations, and scenic backgrounds, help me to remember what a magnificent world you created. But then, I wouldn't have expected anything less from such a magnificent God. Amen.
Shirley M. Corder lives on the coast of South Africa, surrounded by the beauties of God's creation. Please pay a visit to her personal website, where her goal is to encourage and inspire other writers, or Rise and Soar, her site to encourage and inspire those in the cancer valley. Link up with her on Twitter and FaceBook.