Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | December 11, 2009

Paying Attention to God’s Amazing Creations

I stumbled upon a website that was promoting a book called “The Deep”.  This book is about an expedition that went over a mile beneath the ocean’s surface to examine what, if any, life existed down there in the dark depths of the ocean.  To their surprise, they found an incredible array of diverse creatures that existed there.  They took photos of them and studied them for some time and the book is a collection of their photographs and initial observations of these creatures.

“Wow!” was all I could say as I was looking through the pictures from the expedition.  Many of them looked like creatures that were conjured up in the twisted mind of a science fiction novelist or a horror movie screenwriter.  I was in absolute awe as I went through the pictures and descriptions of these creatures.  Alhamdulillah (all praise is due to God), of course these amazing images made me reflect on God’s Greatness, which we will never come close to fully comprehending.

How amazing is it that in the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans lays an array of creatures that we have no clue about?  Think about that.  Humans always think that they’ve got it all figured out and then we stumble upon a discovery like this that shows us how little we really know regarding the vastness of the creations of God.  There are tens of thousands, if not millions of creatures that live here with us on Earth, and we have yet to discover.

As I was skimming through these pictures an overwhelming sense of humility struck me.  I started to think about all of God’s amazing creations.  Whether they be creatures at the bottom of the ocean, or mountains that rise up to meet the heavens; God’s creations are objects that show the incredible Magnificence and Power that He and He alone has.

If you ever get the chance, go to a mountain range and just stand on one of the mountains.  Just stand there and look out at the peaks surrounding you.  If there is an ounce of arrogance or haughtiness in you, this view should break it.  How small is the human being in comparison to the mountains?  How tiny and insignificant is one individual floating on a boat in the middle of an ocean?  Or a single plane flying along through the vastness of a great blue sky? Or a man riding his camel in the middle of a great desert?

This world is amazing!  The creations that surround us are so grand and majestic.  We just have to pay attention.

How many beautiful skies do we miss as we walk or drive hurriedly by, rushing to get to our next destination?  How many times will we allow ourselves and our children to spend all day inside our homes, eyes glued to some kind of screen, while the beautiful green grass, plants, trees are just outside our doors?  When was the last time we just laid on the grass and stared up at the sky?  Have we ever done that?  It’s one of the most pleasurable things in the world to do. Will our kids ever experience that?

When was the last time we sat and enjoyed listening to the waves of the ocean come crashing on the shore?  When was the last time we stood there and just stared at a beautiful tree?  When was the last time we felt a beautiful breeze blow and just stopped to enjoy the feeling of it as it blew on our faces?   When…..when ….when?

Life is too short to not pay attention to the profound beauty that surrounds us.  There is so much beauty that God has created in this world, and we should seek to be people who notice it and who are affected and humbled by it.

I thank God for creating such beauty in our world.

I ask God to help us appreciate his beautiful creations and for our hearts to be humbled by them.

And I ask God to increase us in our submission to Him.

Ameen

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Responses

  1. great post! it reminded me when I was on top of the highest peak in South India. I was submerged and surrounded by clouds and gusts of winds that would’ve blown me away if I hadn’t latched on to the mountainous rock. The other moment was when I milked a cow in a remote village…it really is a perfect circle of life, subhanAllah.

  2. Wow! Those experiences sound amazing! Milking a cow in a remote village of India….I love it! 🙂


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