“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Creation leads me to my knees before my Creator.
Have you ever been somewhere that takes your breath away? Was it the Rocky Mountains? The Pacific Northwest forests? The Atlantic Ocean? Maybe you’ve even had the privilege of seeing God’s creation through overseas missions. Maybe it’s the sunset on the other side of your bedroom window. Whatever your experience may be, some moments seem to “take us out” of the moment. Our breath is “taken” away because we are reminded that it’s not ours to begin with. We are reminded that everything we have, even the breath in our lungs, is because of God. Not another moment would pass by without Him speaking it into existence. Creation surrenders to this as it proclaims the glory of God.
As Jesus was being proclaimed as the King when he entered Jerusalem on what we now know as Palm Sunday, the religious leaders commanded Jesus to tell His disciples to stop. His response: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
When we don’t humble ourselves, creation tends to do it for us. When we keep silent, Jesus says that even the rocks will worship in our place. So, as you lace up your boots and embark on a hike or simply witness the rising of the sun on your morning commute, remember the beauty that surrounds you is a testament to your Creator. Amidst the breathtaking landscapes and still surroundings, witness the handiwork of your King and worship Him through a surrendered and filled heart. As the Psalmist says, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.: (Psalm 19:1 NLT) Join creation in signing the praises of God.
Experiencing humility through creation means gazing upon a mountain and not merely seeing a mountain but instead recognizing it as a magnificent display of God's boundless glory. Glory, so immense that it compels our heart, soul, and mind to bow before its Creator—our Creator. As a result, we are transformed into vessels of humility, where those around us no longer perceive merely us but instead witness the glory of our Creator in us. In this state of humility, we become recipients of abundant grace and mercy and become the very creation that humbles the world.
Creation is a profound reminder that I am but a humble participant in the grand symphony of the glory of God. Every sunrise, every mountain peak, and every rush of the wind reminds me of the majesty of God's creation. It keeps me humble.