"Only God!"

Today, I am at the World Leaders Conference. I am reposting this blog with prayers that God uses it to remind you just how amazing He is.


I am seeing a lot of dogwood trees. They are making me think about God.

Dogwoods are the harbingers of Spring. They are a dab of color against the gray canvas of a fading winter. Some stand in solitude, like lonely prophets boldly proclaiming better days ahead. Others line long driveways providing simple beauty and directional clarity, the kind usually reserved for nighttime jumbo jet landings. What a wonder of creation!

My Dogwood musings initiated a domino of thoughts that beg explanation:

  • My wife makes a comment on the drive up to Memphis. This triggers a memory. In nanoseconds, my mind effortlessly retrieves a "long-forgotten file" from decades ago.
  • As we drive, I loosen my grip on the steering wheel and flex my fingers. Brain, tendons, ligaments, muscles ... all work in perfect symphony.
  • My tongue feels for the surgical sutures inside my mouth, stitches that bear witness to recent gum surgery. Healing is underway, compliments of a skilled periodontist and the microscopic surgicenter of the human body.
  • I listen to music as I drive, my mind interpreting sounds and registering them as pleasing sensations.

How does all this happen?

Every day I think, move, touch, and listen; experiences so commonplace I erroneously tag them, "simple everyday occurrences." Nothing could be further from the truth. It is complexity of a Grand Design.

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. Romans 1:20 ESV

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 ESV

I have a Ph.D., but I'm a pretty simple guy. If you are looking for heady arguments for God's existence and thought-provoking prose, I would gladly point you in the direction of Tim Keller's Reason For God, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, the works of Peter Kreeft, or perhaps the interaction of Ravi Zecharias with Professor Stephen Hawking, the eminent theoretical physicist. These are the "big boys."

I'm just a guy who notices Dogwood trees and says, "Only God!"


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