This is the second in the series of blogs based on the old hymn, “My Fathers World.” It is a very timely verse of the song that we are going to talk about this week. When I started my blog, I wanted it to be encouraging and uplifting, so I tried to avoid discussing controversial subjects but let’s face it we are living in a time where it is getting controversial to be a Christian.
This week a talk show host labeled our vice president as mentally ill because he said that God speaks to him. Being a Christian is a relationship with God through the gift of his son Jesus. God is our father if we accepted this gift of salvation that he offers. If we think about this in human terms, we would say that if a father never speaks to a child than it would not be much of a relationship. Why, would we expect any less of our Heavenly Father. He absolutely talks to his children. He always has, and He always will. We see the stories in the Bible of God speaking time and time again. Why do we think he has stopped now?
God speaks in many ways. The author of this beautiful poem expresses how God speaks to him through nature.
“This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.”
He begins this verse by talking about how nature, the birds, the morning sun and the flowers give praise back to the creator. He is in tune with God’s hand in nature. He hears God in something as simple as the rustling grass. I love the line “He shines in all that’s fair.” Nature exists first and foremost to give glory to God as do we.
The definition of the word “fair” as it is used in this verse is clean, pure or pleasing to the eye. Let’s live clean lives so that as others look at us, they will declare that God shines in us. May we be aware and look for God to speak to us in nature and in countless other ways. Let’s be bold and stand up and tell the world that God absolutely still speaks!
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) (NIV)