Morning Hope by Phil Robertson
For at least forty-five years, I have performed the same morning ritual with very little variation. My eyes open early in the morning, I take a quick glance over at Miss Kay, and slide quietly out of our bedroom toward the kitchen. Once there, I put on a pot of thick black coffee, and sit in my recliner before I begin my day. Then I slip on my boots, grab a few bottles of water, and get in my rig and head for the land I have been developing for years into the perfect wildlife habitat.
The significance of my daily routine may escape you, but being immersed in the beauty of God’s natural world is my coping mechanism. While I may be often disappointed by politicians, popular culture icons, and religious leaders, God never lets me down. I am often mesmerized by the wonder of nature, not failing to note that within the sight of my eyes are literally thousands of living specimens. I am awestruck when I realize that each of those living things is made up of cells that contain their very own complex DNA molecule that dictates how that living thing will look and what it’s function will be. If there are thousands of living specimens, there are trillions upon trillions of cells all within eyesight. I’m blown away by what I see.
This is why, when I view God’s creation, I know that the God I serve is real. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he’s there.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
This confidence in the reality of God is why I live my life the way I live it. How else could you explain a man like me doing a complete 180 and never turning back to his old life? There’s only one explanation – the God who created the cosmos also sent his son to die in my place. This same powerful and mighty God then raised his son from the grave on my behalf. The real question is, why would I live any other way? I trust a God like this one. He’s as reliable as he can be.
I’ll be discussing this more in my upcoming book, Uncancelled which will be out around the first of the year. But until then, I would encourage you to look around you and assess the created universe and ask yourself the question I ask myself every day – Does the design of the universe point to a transcendent God? When the answer becomes apparent to you (That God is real), bow down before him and worship him. You won’t regret it.
Check out the painting by my son-in-law, artist Tony Thomas.
Tony painted this image of a man praying on his hunting land to be a reminder for us to fight for these moments and these mornings. It is these quiet moments in the morning that life makes up its mind.
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