Naomi and I took a short trip to Cincinnati over the last two days. A short get-a-way is always good before getting back into the fall routine of work and school. On Friday we visited the Cincinnati Zoo (from the picture you can see that Paw Paw was right “not all the monkeys live in the zoo”). Since we moved to Kentucky last month I have been constantly overwhelmed by the the beauty of God’s creative work in the world. Kentucky is an amazing place with beautiful landscapes, and our time at the zoo served once again to confirm the brilliance and creativity of Yahweh our God. I was fascinated by creatures such as the polar bear whose large feet work like snowshoes evenly distributing its weight over a large area to keep it from sinking in the snow. I was captivated by the artistic design of the zebra, the immensity of the elephant, and the humorous intelligence of a primate carefully closing a shoe box after taking food out rather than simply discarding it.
Experiences like these make me look forward to the day when Christ returns to reign bodily on the earth fully and finally setting all creation free from its bondage to decay to be enjoyed and cultivated forever by the children of God (Romans 8:18-25). Indeed, as we look forward to the day when all things in heaven and all things on earth are brought together under Christ, we can celebrate with the hymn writer:
This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet!
This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heaven’s ring! God reigns let the earth be glad!
Grace and peace,