“He decided exactly how the iris beside our fence should look this morning…”

godwardlifeFrom John Piper’s A Godward Life:

…Charles Spurgeon was a great lover of nature as well as a great preacher in London over a hundred years ago. As with preaching, so with observing nature, he was radically God-centered and God-exalting:

I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes — that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens — that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence — the fall of…leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.

Every wonder in the world is wrought by God. He decided exactly how the iris beside our fence should look this morning when it came to flower. God means for the beauty of that plant — not just that kind of plant, but that very plant — to be an occasion for our worshiping his specific creativity. “God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.”

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