Hi–Mr. Nature here.
One of the things I always miss about the summer, and look forward to seeing again the next year, is the tiger swallowtail butterfly.
The other day, while walking, I was lucky enough to see one up close: he was so busy working on a flower, he didn’t notice me gawking at him. What beauty! What grace! And if I can get this complicated link to work, here’s a video for you, http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=tiger+swallowtail+butterfly+video&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=4C3954D573937236AD144C3954D573937236AD14 . (Boy, will I be pleasantly surprised if this works!)
…Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made… Romans 1:19-20
For those of us who are called, the tiger swallowtail is more than just a butterfly. It’s one of innumerable examples of God’s handiwork, whose perfection testifies to His perfection. God’s creation is His witness.
But for those who are not called–or who have chosen not to listen–there’s nothing here to inspire praise or joy. You start with a bunch of mud and dust, pebbles and water, and by and by, purely as a result of blind chance, you get the tiger swallowtail butterfly, a field of Texas bluebells, or C.S. Lewis. As Rev. D. James Kennedy used to say, “Ain’t chance grand?”
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Romans 1:22
We do wall ourselves off from joy, don’t we?
P.S.: When I checked, and the video link worked, I cried out in exultation: “It works! It works! I’m flabbergasted, it actually works!” And my wife added, “That’s something God never has to say.”