This Is My Father’s World

Last week, while in Phoenix for the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, my family took a trip to the Grand Canyon.  None of us had ever seen this natural wonder and greatly looked forward to our time there.  We were not disappointed. We arrived mid-afternoon at the Grand Canyon visitor center and surveyed much of the “build up” in the buildings and the path leading up to Mather Point.  As the canyon came in to view, my jaw dropped a little.  The view was truly breathtaking and difficult to describe.  The changing colors in the canyon based on the sun setting and moving through clouds, the steep drop from the rim, and sheer size of it all made it one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen.

I must confess that it took me about ten minutes of gazing to realize that this was indeed a canyon.  At first, it looked like a beautiful mountain scene when one stands at the top of a high peak, such as Pike’s Peak, and looks at the smaller, surrounding mountains.  Then I noticed the other rim on the north side.  That’s when it hit me- this is in fact a giant hole in the ground!  What an amazing manifestation of the handiwork of God.

However, as we began to walk the rim trail and read the signage along the way, I quickly observed that not everyone saw the Grand Canyon as the work of the Creator, but as the random process of billions of years of evolution.  I am always amazed (and find it nearly as breathtaking as the canyon itself) at the blind acceptance of evolutionary theory as established fact- especially given the epistemology of those who deny that the natural world is the product of a supernatural Being.

As I strolled along the path enjoying the different views of Grand Canyon, I couldn’t help but have a different perspective about its formation.  Nature affirms to all people that God exists.  Paul told the Romans that no one can deny the existence of God, because the evidence is seen in the natural order.  Rom. 1:19-20- “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Standing on the rim of the canyon, I was reminded of Maltbie Babcock’s famous hymn “This Is My Father’s World.”  The first verse reads:

This is my Father’s world,and to my listening ears

all nature sings, and round me rings

the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:

I rest me in the thought

of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;

his hand the wonders wrought.

I hope that when you observe the grandeur of nature, from something as majestic as the Grand Canyon to something as familiar as the trees in your yard, you will see them not as the product of random chance, but rather the remarkable handiwork of our Creator.

Below are some of our pictures of the Grand Canyon.

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2 Responses to “This Is My Father’s World”

  1. I too was completely awe-struck the first time I saw the Grand Canyon in person. With regard to the signage on the rim where different individuals are attempting to explain how it was formed and the time frame in forming it, does not necessarily mean that they deny that this is the handiwork of our Creator. I recently read a book by Vern S. Poythress entitled “Redeeming Science-A God-Centered Approach” that greatly helped me, and I would highly recommend it.

  2. It is imposible for man to create anything as beautiful as God’s creation. I tell anyone that will listen that the power of an angry sea and the beauty of a calm sea both demonstrate the almighty hand of God.