divine nature

“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.” – Romans 1:20

I have a few categories of posts on this blog. One category is called Reflections on the Journey, which starts with something that happens in daily life, and connects it to what the Bible has to say. This post belongs to the category called, Light for my Path, which does the reverse. It starts with what the Bible has to say, and connects it to ordinary life. I believe we need to be intentional about setting up God’s Word to be our guide through life. These kinds of posts help me do that.

Today I am starting a new series of posts on Romans. The verse above occurs in a section of Romans when Paul says that people have no excuse for not believing in God. When we look at creation, it points to a Creator. I have often thought of this as a general statement; that the beauty and majesty of the things around us should make it clear that this world did not happen by accident. However, looking again, Paul says that creation reveals not just God, but God’s “qualities.” The way that creation looks and functions reveals something to us about who its Creator is and what its Creator values.

We are now in my favorite season. Autumn is a time when creation shouts at me to pay attention. Trees that I have walked by without a second glance now scream at me in bright red to take notice.

Autumn is also a transition season. Creation is on its way from summer to winter. It has left behind the beauty of the lush greens and is headed toward the loveliness of the crisp snow. (Yes, I do think there is splendor in winter). God could have created a natural order that skipped right from one to the other. But he didn’t. God created a season in which the change would be gradual, and in which the change would be beautiful.

Time is one of God’s creations. He is eternal. Time came into being when the world came into being. Just as God asks us to appreciate the beauty of a mountain or ocean, he also asks us to appreciate the beauty of time.

I think we see this in the beginning of Genesis. When God created the world, he didn’t snap his fingers and make it happen in one day. There were six distinct phases. He took his time to layer each step and enjoy it. Then he took time to do nothing, just so he could savor what he had made. There was something important about the process, not just the destination.

Usually, I don’t appreciate time; mostly what I think about is that I wish there was more of it. Nor do I appreciate transition; mostly I want to jump from point A to point B, not walk.

I am in a transition season right now. I have left behind the world I knew in Madison. Someday, I will be settled again, and once more have a job, community, and scenery that is familiar. But in between, I am moving around. In between, the scenery will be changing.

What I hear God saying to me today is to enjoy this season. A time of transition is a season in its own right, filled with beauty and wonder that I might miss if I were not in it. Though it is good to be thankful for the past, and to plan for the future, I cannot spend too much time in those places. This season has bright red leaves that I don’t want to miss.

This season, I want to enjoy the way our family is bonding, as we depend upon each other for community. This season, I want to marvel at the way I am being assertive to meet new people. This season, I want to appreciate the way I am learning to depend on God and not my achievements for my sense of identity and purpose. There is beauty to be found in life transition.

Are you in a transition season? What beauty do you see?

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