A taxi driver in Trinidad once told me that to understand creation it was necessary to know the Creator. When I look around this incredibly beautiful world I cannot understand how anyone could fail to see the hand of the Creator everywhere. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small and beautiful island. I have lived most of my adult life in one the most picturesque counties of the United Kingdom. During my working life I have visited over sixty different countries and have seen the hand of the Creator in many different landscapes, and in many different ways. Special memories include being driven through the mountains from Slovenia into Austria, and the kind people of Kosovo and their wonderful food. I have sailed up the Columbia River to Portland and watched the shards of sunlight glinting through the morning mist, and I have marvelled at the stunning beauty of Norwegian fjords. While I feel privileged to have seen so much of this world the reality is that I have only scratched the surface. There is more to discover.
There is also more to discover in each of us. We are the most special part of all creation because God created us in His image. He breathed life into us, and He knows us intimately. Why so many of us fail to acknowledge God’s parenthood seems a mystery, but the fact is that without the gift of free choice the relationship with God that is available to all of us could not exist. How do we begin? Perhaps the first step is to realise that we too possess beauty. That God took pleasure in creating each one of us. Even the corruption of creation in the Garden of Eden could not remove the beauty seeded within us, or the God shaped space inside us that He desires to fill. To God we are all beautiful. How should we respond to such knowledge?
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27-31 NIV)