The Pond of Life

I maintain a small decorative pond as a hobby. I created it. I put plants and fish in it. I have to do ongoing maintenance, including keeping a pump running that tumbles the water over rocks, aerating the pond. The pond wouldn’t exist or continue to exist if it wasn’t for me.

God has a great big pond, a colossal pond, the cosmos! He created it. But He didn’t just make it, He constantly maintains everything that exists.

Thanks to science we are learning more and more about our universe, our planet, and life. What we’re continuing to discover is that everything is infinitely more complex and more amazing than we had previously thought. Though we’re learning so much more about everything, the mystery only deepens and grows about everything.

A couple of the greatest questions are why anything is here and why it continues to be here? As much as I love and respect science, I don’t expect it to ever be able to answer these questions. I believe that God is the answer, but because He exists outside the space/time continuum He is beyond the limited scope of what science can study.

When I give attention to my small decorative pond in my backyard it sometimes prompts me to think about the great big pond of the cosmos. I expand my pondering and consider the One who created and sustains it all. This is something the fish in my pond cannot do.

The fish in my pond only occasionally get a blurry and distorted image of their pond creator and sustainer through the lens of where air and water meet. At best, I’m training them to come to the surface near me as I kneel at the pond’s edge, dropping fish food before their gaping mouths. Their inability, however, to ponder things great and amazing greatly limits the relationship I can have with them and they with me.

Not so with me (and you too) when it comes to the Creator and Sustainer of the great pond of the universe! He is so infinitely beyond us that we can’t know all there is to know about Him, but we can know enough! We can know we are known by Him and can know enough about Him to be in a relationship with Him! And what a difference that can make!

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26

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