A Casual Midsummer Musing for You This Week. Enjoy!
I came across two quotes while on vacation the past 2 weeks.
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” – Abraham Lincoln
The quote above was new to me. It came from a book about astronomy. On its face, I think for Lincoln’s part, I can see what he means. How many people live uninspired lives in lands all too familiar to them. They miss the glory of it all until they look up to the heavens. Okay, I get it.
“O Lord, How manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the Earth is full of thy riches.” – Psalm 104:24
Considering the two quotes together, I naturally tended to ascribe more to the Psalmist. God’s glory is on display on the earth as well as in the heavens… all God’s works — earth and heaven — are full of “Thy riches.” I pondered how Lincoln could even entertain space for atheism in the grandeur of creation, then I chuckled and said out loud to myself, “Well, but Abe Lincoln never visited the Grand Canyon.” I am sure, had he seen the Grand Canyon, even one staring down at the earth would not be excused for missing God’s presence.
Chris Yost [email protected]