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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspired by . . . creation's manifesto

 

From the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature,

have been clearly observed in what He made. As a result, people have no excuse. Ro 1:20

 

Creation speaks to me of the character and attributes of God.

 

"Who shut the sea behind gates when it burst through and came out of the womb,
when I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it up in dark clouds,
when I set a limit for it and put up bars and gates,
when I said, 'You may come this far but no farther. Here your proud waves will stop'? Job 38:8-11

 

Consider the hummingbird. Her tiny feet, and barely discernable toenails fashioned by the hand of the same God Who commands the giant sea.

 

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She weighs less than a nickel. The brilliant throat color on the male is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors.

 

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What does she say to you about God?

 To me she declares His love of beauty. His creativity, and  gentleness.

 

Consider the Texas Spiny Lizard. You can see him {her?} clearly in these pictures. But if he were on an oak tree you'd be hard pressed to spot him unless he moved.

 

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Despite the name, these lizards are also found in Oklahoma and Northern Mexico. Their color and pattern varies greatly depending upon their habitat. They aren't quite as talented as the chameleon, but they are masters at camouflage!

 

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What does the Texas Spiny Lizard say to you about God?

To me he speaks of God’s provision and preservation.

 

Consider the Chinstrap Penguin. {Ha-ha! I can see you smiling already!}

 

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These, adorable, medium-sized penguins are easily recognized by their white face and fine black line across the cheeks. They are found predominately around the Antarctic Peninsula and their favorite food is krill.

What does the Chinstrap Penguin say to you about God?

To me he speaks of God’s personality!

Can anyone observe these creatures for two minutes and not be overcome by their cuteness? Not I.

 

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In Whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?” Job 12:7-10

 

What have you observed in creation recently

that speaks to you of God’s divine nature?

 

Blessings,

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26 comments:

  1. Penguins are my favorite! Your pictures are always so lovely and I love how you see Him in everything. It's beautiful and inspiring. Makes me want to come sit on your porch with you even more. Much love. xoxo

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  2. 'barely discernable toenails.' now these words just opened my heart wide and made me smile big.

    too lovely for words ...

    you, too, June!

    ;-}

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  3. Awesome post and reminder! "The earth declares Your majesty!"

    Trying to write God out of the history of the world and His sovereign power that causes the perpetual motion in order for us to survive is like the wayward humanist showing a picture of whale in the form of a stamp stuck to the mocker's thumb with a real whale is ten feet away from swallowing them from behind.

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  4. I love this - such beautiful examples of HE is in everything!

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  5. Your photos are beautiful. The hummers are darling, and I do love that lizard!

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  6. Oh, you know you're speaking my language now! I am always in AWE of what God has created. From the flashy brilliance of birds' feathers to the camouflage capabilities of other creatures. How can one not stand in pure amazement? This is when I feel closest to God, when I'm out in His creation. You are so good at articulating God's wondrous works. And showcasing them in your photography.

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  7. This is a great post. When I look around, I am immediately grateful that God shared such beauty with me. Your photos are awesome.

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  8. Beautiful post and amazing photos!

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  9. Beautifully written post about the Love and Mercy of God...he considers all things <3

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  10. Such great photos, June! What a beautiful post in every way!

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  11. HI June I love the way you have approached this post of how you see God is all these critters. He has made them all special in their own way as He has made each one of us. Lovely shots.

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  12. Good morning, my dearest June !
    You're such an inspired girl, I'd love to have you beside me ... lucky who can live side by side with you, be blessed !
    With love and admiration
    Dany

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  13. sweet hummers! love the lizard, too! what a beauty!

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  14. Awesome shots! I love all of these critters.

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  15. I loved your photos, and I loved the lessons that you taught from each one! Yes, creation has so much to teach us about the Creator, doesn't it?!

    The thing that speaks to me is the huge granite mountain peak that I see every day outside our living room window. To me, it speaks of God's steadfast and immovable faithfulness, and the timelessness of His love.

    GOD BLESS!

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  16. Wonderful photos. The hummingbird is great. I had the pleasure of seeing a baby hummer in the nest at my nephew's house. Tiny … tiny.

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  17. I love watching my Hummingbird feeder, and now will remember what you've shared each time one stops by. It is true, how awesome he made all things. So intricate, yet so strong even when we feel frail. We are a wonderful mystery. You always share such inspiring words. :)

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  18. Love this post! Thanks for directing my eye to see God more clearly today. So glad I stopped in from the blog link up. Blessings!

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  19. These are great pictures. I'm not sure we are on the same page as to the origin of these remarkable animals - but there is no question that we both think the world is made richer by their presence.

    Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been in the UK for a month and I let blogging take a back seat for that time!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  20. Lovely post and images. I really enjoy seeing the hummingbirds.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

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  21. Hello June, just stopping back to say thank you for linking up to my critter party.. Enjoy your weekend!

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  22. Love the image of the hummingbird ( the jewels of the sky) so hard to capture, great work!

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  23. June, thanks for your visit to my space '3WayLight.' We too have hummingbirds here in the Pacific Northwest (and other amusing birds) and I never cease to marvel at their beauty and their antics. Great photos and post.

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  24. A perfectly wonderful post! I can't agree more about nature reflecting God's creation purpose! Wonderful photos.

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  25. love the Hummingbird shots and that Penguin is adorable. Wonderful shots.

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