(Ecclesiastes 3:14-15, The Message)
By BISHOP ROBERT HAYES JR.
Let me begin with a confession: The older I get, the less patience I have with people who want to argue about the existence of God.
What world are they living in? Are they not able to comprehend the magnitude of God’s creation?
The phrase "seeing is believing" is based on the wisdom that if people just open their eyes to what is visible in the world, they will understand (see and believe) that the universe didn’t just happen.
At its core there is a spirit, a force, a mind, an energy that only can be described as God or Creator. The Gospel of John (1:1-3) reminds us that from the Word all creation was brought into being.
And within this magnificent design there is an order to everything! Night follows day, and day follows night. Cycles of life are hidden in the mysteries of summer, winter, spring, and fall.
In addition, somehow God intricately wove everything together so each living thing is in some way dependent upon another. The evidence grows that if we alter or eliminate one precious thing in God’s creation, that action affects all things.
For example, the people responsible for producing the food we eat are gravely concerned these days about the declining number of honeybees.
That’s right, honeybees!
Fruit and vegetable crops are dependent upon honeybees to pollinate their blooms. Yet the number of the bees is declining – extensively in some areas – and agricultural experts don’t know why. The losses in this seemingly insignificant insect population have the capacity to disrupt the food supply for all the world’s people.
The tiny honeybee!
The physical world is too fragile and our lives too interconnected to every living thing for people to believe humans are self-made entities that evolved on our own.
Like an architect draws up a blueprint, so God has made everything beautiful in its own time. To everything God has given a season, and no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. So mysterious and wonderful are God’s ways. Humans cannot fathom the Creator’s mind.
And among God’s astonishing works are humans, perhaps the greatest of mysteries. You and I!
Anyone with the audacity to stand before a mirror and reject that we are created in God’s image is a fool. There is no such thing as a self-made person. Each human being was created with a void within the heart that only can be filled with God!
Atheists, agnostics, and skeptics go to great lengths to fill that gap in other ways. They try science, evolution, and schemes to deny God’s existence. But their efforts do not prevail.
A story is told about an agnostic who got lost in the woods. Describing his experience later to a friend, he told how frightened he was and admitted that he kneeled in prayer and asked for God’s guidance.
The friend asked, "Did God answer your prayer?"
The man replied, "Oh, no! Before God had a chance to answer, a guide came along and showed me the path."
Coincidence or fate are often the conclusion for those who find it hard to accept that they live in God’s cosmos, unable to comprehend the length, breadth, width, and depth of the Creator of all.
The author of Ecclesiastes captured the very essence of God in these words: "I’ve concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship."
The late R.L. Middleton described an Englishman with a beautiful estate on the Yorkshire coast. From its location, people could see a great distance in every direction. One day the man and his young daughter climbed to a summit on the estate.
Intending to teach his daughter a lesson, the man said, "Look up. Look down. Look out. Now turn and look behind you."
He continued, "Dorothy, just so high, so deep, so wide, and so broad is the love of God!"
He was unprepared for her response, for she taught her father a lesson he never forgot.
"Daddy," she asked, "if God’s love is so high, so wide, so deep, and so broad, then doesn’t that mean we are living in the middle of it?"
Yes, Dorothy, we are living in the middle of it!