The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, November 15, 2020 comes to us from Caroline Greville of England, United Kingdom
Genesis 2:4-9, 15 4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Psalm 8:4-5 (NRSV) What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor
Warm spring days often bring badgers out early, so my husband and I set out on our first badger watch of the year with great anticipation, hoping to catch sight of one. On this occasion, however, the badgers didn’t come – but it wasn’t a wasted evening. As I stood in silence, just waiting, I was struck by the brilliance of our Creator.
I stood behind an enormous oak that hid me from view. I have read that oak trees can live up to a thousand years, and I felt dwarfed by its powers of endurance. Then I realized that as God looked at the scene, God placed significance on me, not the tree. God is the Ancient of Days, and that tree represents no more than a breath in God’s eternal plan. Meanwhile, God’s people are greatly valued, crowned with glory and honor. Like the psalmist, I wondered, Why us?
I am astonished that God cares for us. As I spend time in the natural world, I am constantly rejoicing at how big God is and how incredible it is that God should delight in us.
Prayer Focus: To remember that I am Significant to God
Prayer: Creator of all, we see your fingerprints throughout creation. Thank you for the daily encouragement this awareness gives us. Amen.
Thought for the Day: In creation, I see just a small fragment of God’s greatness.
— Caroline Greville
Our natural world is always a reminder of God’s magnificent acts of creation, just as each of us is. It is important for us to remember that we are primarily precious in God’s sight.