Stop and Smell the Roses

St. Augustine wrote, “Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air, amply spread around everywhere, question the beauty of the sky…the sun making the day glorious with its bright beams…the moon tempering the darkness of the following night with its shining rays, question the animals that move in the waters, that amble about on dry land…question all these things. They all answer you, ‘Here we are, look; we’re beautiful.’ Their beauty is their confession. Who made these beautiful changeable things, if not one who is beautiful and unchangeable?”

Romans 1:20 says, “Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse.” All creation shouts to us that there’s a God! And just as a painting gives us a glimpse into the heart of an artist, all creation tells us that God is beautiful. But if we don’t take the time to question the beauty all around, we won’t hear that. So stop and smell the roses. I mean that literally. God wrote two books: Scripture and creation. We should spend time reading both.

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