God, Creation, and You
Most of us are familiar with the hydrangeas that adorn the back exit to our main building. They are truly lovely in the spring and early summer months, as they bloom in vibrant colors, blue, pink, and purple. Our foyer has been graced with vases of these blooms. What is amazing is how some blooms are one color, but others can be multicolor. Speaking with one of our resident floral experts, I was told it depends on the soil in which the plants grow. In doing some research on the plants, I found aluminum, or the lack of it, has much to do with this. A lack of aluminum causes the blooms to be pink, while aluminum in the soil enables the blooms to be blue. If the soil naturally contains aluminum and is acidic (low pH), the color of the hydrangea will automatically tend toward shades of blue and/or purple. As the plant ages, it can naturally have pink and red blooms (https://plantaddicts.com/changing-the-color-of-hydrangeas/).
A couple of thoughts come to mind when I consider this colorful plant. First, it is one of the many ways God has left testimony of Himself in His world. Our planet is located in the only known part of the universe that can have and sustain life. The life we have isn’t meant for us to just survive, but to thrive. Is the beauty and variety of life simply an accident? Where did it come from? How did the elements necessary for life come into being? Why do plants, such as these hydrangeas, display such beauty? Why does the soil help determine their colors? How does all of this work together in harmony so it graces us with its appearance, that we count it beautiful? Everything that had to happen for all this to come into being, and remain consistent season after season, just happened? Nothing existed, then something did, and all this took place accidentally? Not so! It is evidence of our Creator. “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
Another lesson we can learn from these hydrangeas is they are able to thrive in a multitude of environments. While the specific colors they show may change, they offer their beauty wherever they grow. The gospel planted in our hearts should grow us in the image of Christ, to show the beauty of the Lord, no matter what environment we may find ourselves in. While we would like every day, every situation in life, to be pleasant, enjoyable, ideally suited to our needs and disposition, we know this just isn’t true. Life apart from Christ offers no hope (Eph. 2:12), but life in Christ offers us God’s power, help, and hope. We can remember Paul’s words regarding the joy of the Lord; “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). Or what about these words of encouragement; “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). Comforting are the words of John as well; “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Because we do have a Creator, we can face any scenario in life with confidence, because the God who provided the environment for hydrangeas to grow provides the environment for us to grow spiritually, as well. It is comforting to know there is a God, to know how He has provided for this world to function, and how He provides for us, for life today and eternally through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When life gets you down, just look around and see the creative, sustaining power of God at work in our world. Realize He cares for you even more (Matt. 6:30), and provides us with a real hope for something far better than what we witness today, “to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:4). What an amazing God we serve!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”