Last fall, I attended a conference in Las Vegas, NV, which provided an opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon when the meetings ended. Although I had once visited the Grand Canyon as a child, nothing - not even prior experience - could prepare me for the overwhelmingly beautiful views.
As we walked along the Rim Trail, each and every glance into the canyon was followed by the utterance, "It's so beautiful." Certainly, the phrase may have been uttered thousands of times during our visit.
We stayed at the Grand Canyon for a couple of hours before unwillingly heading back to Sin City, but we have already discussed returning and staying in the area for several days to fully absorb the views, and participating in hikes.
More recently, my husband and I spent a week in Rocky Mount, Virginia, a location chosen for its convenient distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smith Mountain Lake, and Roanoke. During our trip, we again experienced the breathtaking beauty in the surrounding views. From views at the top of mountain trails and the bottom of forest cascades, we found ourselves once again uttering, "It's so beautiful" as we marveled at our surroundings.
With all of the beauty and wonder I witness in creation, along with the understanding I have of biology, I often wonder how anyone could doubt the existence of God.
I feel like Buddy the Elf telling Papa Elf, "What about the beauty and wonder of creation? I suppose carbon space dust and evolution created that too?"
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:20, "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."
You don't have to travel to the Grand Canyon or to the nearest mountain range to experience the beauty and wonder of the creative hand of God. You can witness it right where you are.
- It's in the delicate flight and form of a hummingbird or butterfly.
- It's in the veins of the leaf of the oak tree and the delicate petals of the cherry blossom and the ingenious (but often irritating) way the dandelion procreates.
- It's in the big eyes and fluffy tail of the backyard bunny and the long, grub-finding claws of the black bear.
- It's in the song of the robin and the warning rattle of the rattlesnake.
- It's in the arrangement of the planets, the axis of the earth, the constellations that light up the night sky, and the clouds which give us much needed shade during the heat of the day.
Sure, there are those who believe that everything just sort of happened one day long ago, and that we humans evolved from sea slime or something.
I choose to believe in what the Bible tells me ... "In the beginning, God created ...."