The other day I went for a walk at Bushy Run. I would have to say that it is one of my favorite places to walk. As you dip down past the museum on the main trail you go through a small patch of hemlocks and pines. It is always a little cooler through there. Starting up the hill and around the bend you break out into an area that is more open woods. In the fall this spot bursts forth upon you with a spectrum of yellows and oranges from the variety of deciduous trees. This day I saw several people who were trying to capture the beauty of the park on film.
It amazes me how God has designed His universe to speak to us about Himself. Yet so many never see the Designer behind His design. The creation is admired and worshipped rather than the Creator who is blessed forever. (Rom 1:25)
The many events that take place in the natural realm are designed to draw us to Him. (Rom 1:20) The color of the fall leaves, the frost on the morning grass, the fog in the valley, the snow on the mountain tops, the awesomeness of an approaching summer storm are only a few of the innumerable ways in which God has declared Himself to us. David in a Psalm of praise declared, “The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Ps 145:9) The painted landscape is just one of those tender mercies, kindnesses, that God puts in our path.
God is good to us in countless ways even to those who ignore and reject Him. If we follow those tender mercies as they are revealed to us they ultimately lead us to His Son. Like Jeremiah realized after the destruction of Jerusalem, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22,23)
Think of all the ways in which His creation declares His tender mercies toward us. Yet even greater we see through His written word, the great mercy extended to us in His Son, for “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) Therefore Peter exclaims, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…” (I Peter 1:3) It was through the tender mercy of God that He sent His Son. (Luke 1:78) Have you responded to the mercy God has offered you in His Son? Can you proclaim with Jeremiah concerning His tender mercies… that they are new every morning?
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,… Psalm 103:1-4