My wife found a clump of grass growing in the shape of a heart with a similarly shaped dead spot in the center so that the green fringe formed a valentine (believe it or not, but I have pictures). It was a sweet moment beyond causing romantic thoughts of valentines in September.
First, as a naturally occurring phenomenon, the heart reminded us that God shows his love to us through his creation (Romans 1: 20). Nature proves there’s a God and it’s beyond belief that this world’s interwoven intricacies could be an accident. Every alternate explanation of how we came about has more missing links than facts. In addition to reminders like heart-shaped grass clumps, God shows his love through creation by providing for our needs including food, clothing, shelter, recreation (Matthew 5: 45; 6: 25-34), and our most basic need of realizing that there is a loving God (John 3: 16; Mark 16: 16).
Sadly, even in this most prosperous of nations on Earth, many people don’t understand that their prosperity comes from God (yes, I believe we’re still at the top despite our woes). Also, while some may seem full of vitality on the outside, there’s death in their heart due to sin that separates them from God and fills them with fear (Revelation 3: 1; Romans 3: 23; 6: 23; Matthew 23: 27; Isaiah 59: 1, 2; Hebrews 2: 14, 15). Further, they don’t even know (or believe) that just as the clump of grass was dead in the center, Jesus’ death is at the center of God’s love for us (Romans 5: 6-10).
If anyone will let God fill their hearts with his Spirit, they can have an abundantly joyful life in him enjoying and producing spiritual fruit beginning with love (Romans 8: 6-14; John 1: 4; 10: 10; Galatians 5: 22, 23). This doesn’t mean that Christians (those who are led by the Spirit of God who lives in them – Galatians 3: 26-4: 7; Acts 2: 38, 39) don’t have some of the same problems as those who don’t have the Spirit. We just know that the light at the end of our tunnel is Jesus and that he’ll work everything out for us eventually (patience also is one of the fruits borne by the Spirit in and through us; Hebrews 12: 2, 3; Romans 8: 28-39).
That little valentine-shaped clump of grass was a reminder that nothing in all of creation can separate us from God’s love. Rather, God uses all of creation to demonstrate his love for us (1 Timothy 4: 4). We just need to open our eyes and see those beautiful expressions of his love (Titus 1: 15).
God loves you greatly and wants you to have the gift of life that is in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3: 7-9, 14, 15). If you believe that and want to know more about how to take advantage of God’s love for you, give me a call at 461-4421.
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: email@example.com