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Written by: Martin James Wood

Job‬ ‭12‬:‭7-10‬ NKJV

“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?”

Staring at the mossy carpet grown upon the rocks along the creek-bank, I have to think about how everything has purpose. Right down to the moss growing on the forest floor.

Do we as a people really ever take the time to “listen” to God’s creation, or in other words pay very close attention to creation.

I believe a lot of our lives are paralleled by the natural world. The Native Americans seemed to be very in touch with the natural world and used the natural world for explanations of what was going on in their lives.

I also believe that one of God’s methods of communicating with us is to speak to us through His pure untainted creation. God works through His own people, which also is a pure untainted form when His people are open to Him and His will and allow Him to work through them.

When we submit ourselves to Him we create a pure and untainted state for Him to use us. Creation or the natural world is already that without having to submit. It is already a result of His pureness. Nature doesn’t have the free will that we were given by our Creator.

We have the option of allowing Him to come into our lives or the free will to decline Him. This is what proves our love for God much like the way we can love someone in our lives such as a spouse, significant other, any family member or friend.

God loves us so much. He wants us to be able to have the purest form of love for one another; and that is to love and to know you’re loved by free choice or true feelings, thus unconditionally.  Unconditionally, meaning there is no condition forcing this choice to love.

We can accept this purest form of emotion or walk away from it. As for nature; it must exist as it was created and react to the world as it was designed to. It cannot love by choice, let alone choose a moral or ethical stance on anything, but,,, it will exist as the purest form of life,,, because it cannot sin or choose evil paths. What nature does is what nature was designed to do. It is predictable… We, on the other hand, are not so predictable. This is why we are not the purest form of life until we have accepted God’s ways and live for Him. This is an example of His love for us. See,,, He will love us if we are sorry for our sins or not and live for Him or not, thus He loves us unconditionally. He sees us and accepts us as a pure form of  His when we acknowledge His love for us and we submit our ways for Him, thus,,, He now not only  loves us unconditionally, but now, we also have earned His grace and favor.

Now, I believe when we are in this pure state this is when we have true purpose in our lives and what we do for God is purposeful and has true meaning to others. Otherwise we are just existing and living in this world without a purpose for Him. We can live for our own purpose which may not be in-line with His and there we go,,, doing our own thing again with that “free will” stuff I was talking about, which may lead us down the wrong path. But, if we create the pure untainted state with our lives by submitting our ways to His, then we will do as His designed purpose is for us much like nature does…

If anyone were to not know “That the hand of the LORD has done this”, as stated in the verse from Job above,  well,,, they would have to just “listen” to creation with their senses and reasoning and they would then understand that this design is way too complex, precise and purposeful to be accidental. And they may conclude as Job;  “That the hand of the LORD has done this”. The same is for our lives when we live for His designed purpose for us. Others would just have to take the time to “listen” to us with their senses and reasoning and they may  learn and understand “That the hand of the LORD has done this”.

Some may know that the mossy carpet I was staring at has a purpose of protecting the ground from erosion from high waters and heavy rains. Some may also know that moss is purposeful for breaking down earth for rich soil as moss produces acid, and some may understand why ,,, this mossy carpet is the perfect place for me to set my backside as it makes for a soft seat for me to take in all that is about me,,, and “listen”…

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