The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
Sometime this summer, give yourself ten minutes. Give yourself ten minutes for a profound teaching moment.
Go to a place where you can let your eyes rest on a portion of God’s creation. If you’re near a shoreline, go to the water’s edge. If you’re near a trail that winds through a grove of trees, take a walk. If you’re driving past a scenic overlook, stop the car and put it in park. If you’re away from city lights and the night sky is clear, lie down on your back.
For ten uninterrupted minutes, let God’s creation fill your field of vision. Watch it. Observe it. Study it.
As you do, call to mind that God’s Word wants you to notice something about this portion of God’s creation that’s filling your eyes. God wants you to notice that his creation is waiting.
The oceans are waiting. The lakes and rivers and streams are waiting. The trees are waiting. The mountains and valleys are waiting. The planets and stars and galaxies are waiting. They are all waiting, God’s Word says, in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
They are all waiting for that moment when the One through whom all things were made (John 1:3) will come back one more time. They are all waiting for the last day when believers of all time will be identified. They are all waiting for that moment when the King of kings will come to roll up this broken place like an old carpet. They are all waiting for the moment when the Lord of lords will come to sweep away the presence and effects of sin once and for all.
And when your ten minutes are up, realize that the creation before you now has ten fewer minutes to wait. For the One who entered this creation on our behalf, the One who lived a sinless life in our place, the One who died to wash us clean, the One who rose from death—this very Jesus has promised to return. And he always keeps his promises.
Lord Jesus, as I enjoy the beauty of your creation this summer, let your Word show me that even your creation reminds me that you are in command, and that you will return. Amen.