"In-tune" - Creation (PART 1)
Connecting with God through Creation
, by Grace Uelese
In some way, shape or form, God has enabled a special way in which we (mankind), can be in tune with His other creations; for example, “Man’s best friend” AKA the dog. Or, he enables us to be in tune with the natural environment around us, such as, finding the best peace and refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city at a beach, where the waves crash and tumble, or maybe a rainforest setting, where the bird calls are constant, or perhaps it’s up on the mountain top in which we find that we are best in tune.
The best part about enjoying creation is, it’s a reflection of our fellowship with God and a reminder of how much He cares for us despite this world being so full of hate, ugliness, and sorrow. Being in tune with creation reminds me of how God had intended our fellowship to be with Him at the beginning with Adam and Eve, however, due to one choice, that opportunity has been put on hold. Does that mean that God completely made it impossible to enjoy fellowship from Him using creation? Not at all! In this blog post, I’d like to share a couple of such wonderful experiences in which God has shared with me using His creations to fellowship with me.
Ever since I was really young, I’ve always had a thing for birds and have always loved them. I guess that was God’s way of connecting with me, and He has taught me many lessons using them. I can think of quite a few stories, but here is a lesson which sticks out to me a lot. In a peculiar way, God has enabled me find lost birds. Remember the title of this article? Literally, God has made my ears “IN TUNE” to bird calls, but not just any type of bird calls, but the ones where you know that there is distress. It’s really hard to explain, but that’s just what God has done for me.
I remember a day I came home from work, I was about to go inside the house when I heard a strange kind of whistling or what sounded more like a croaky call. I thought it had come from the tree next to my house, thinking that maybe a baby bird had fallen from the top. After a bit of a search and finding nothing, I turned again to head back into the house, when I heard the call again. Strangely, it sounded closer. So, once again I looked, finally, underneath the hose on the side of the house, I found a baby Curlew calling out for help. It had strayed from its parents (who lived next door) and appeared to be quite frightened and very hungry. After nurturing it for a little while, we managed to reunite the little fuzz ball to its family.
Another similar incident, I had come home from work again and my sister came out to greet me. As we were talking, I had turned around to look for something, when I saw a white Cockatiel sitting in our bush at the front of our house. It had escaped from its home and was lost for about a couple days. Once again, we nurtured this bird back to usual strength, and returned her back to her owners.
I could keep going on about my bird stories, but I think the biggest lesson which God had taught me about these little feather friends is the amount of care in which He invests in them. "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?" Matthew 6:26. Even though they were lost, yet God still provided for their needs and care through another vessel. This is a strong reminder of how much God takes good care of us, and also the task in which God has asked of us, His children; Going out to meet the people who are in need, to feed them, clothe them, shelter them, and love them. This also applies to the people who may not physically have a need, but perhaps need someone to attend to their emotional need, to be a listening ear and support.
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" Isaiah 58:6, 7.
May this be a reminder to each of us of the love, care and duty in which God bestows upon us. Both for His creations, and our fellow man.
(PART 2 coming...)
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?“