Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NIV)

I have long been a student of nature and creation. I always enjoy the vastness of space with its innumerable stars flung in the heavens for us to watch. I love to observe the smallest creatures that live just beneath the soil — the "creepy-crawlies", as I call them. I love to count the rings found in a slice of tree trunk, showing how many years it has stood before it was cut down. As a child, I used to lie on the ground on a warm summer day and watch ants at work. It amazes me that they "follow the leader" and that they, being so tiny, can still carry an object much larger than themselves. Then I think of giant mountains and the majestic seas. Such a contrast there is in nature!

Marvels are all around us, if we will but look for them. One of the grandest, of course, is the human being, who is wonderfully made by God in His own likeness.

However, the very grandest marvel of all, I believe, is knowing The One to thank. It brings us to the realization, once again, that He loves us because He brought us into being. We are each as a speck of sand in the vastness of His creation, but He loves us. God, the master of the whole universe, the creator of all things, loves us!

Prayer: Father, God, we rejoice that we are a part of Your creative plan. Help us to be aware of Your divine presence throughout creation, and guide us as we seek our part in it. Thank You for allowing us glimpses into Your creation, and, most of all, thank You for Jesus, in whom we live and move and have our being. Amen.

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