As I sit by my bedroom window, contemplating the subtle yet dramatic change of the season – as the autumnal hues make way for the starkness of winter, I am taken about how God uses nature for his purposes.
Whether it is wafers of sap or migrating quail or breaking loose limestone finding seeping water or blow-out tides or various plagues or even the creation of the universe itself, God uses his creation for his purposes.
The miracle, of course, is in the perfect timing of the use of nature. God uses nature for his purposes. That means that God must use OUR nature for his purposes. What is our nature? Our feelings, our responses to others, our personalities, our senses of humor, our temperaments.
As we know, human nature is sinful, and, at the same time, within our human nature is an innate desire for holiness.
Perhaps God uses our nature to display His will when we are seen following it. Perhaps God uses our nature to display His forgiveness when our nature leads us to sin. Perhaps God uses our nature to display His love for us when He keeps working with us despite our sinful nature much like He did with Abraham who didn’t trust God enough when he was told he would have a child with his wife, so Abraham had a child with his wife’s servant just in case.
Consider our tempers. We can get angry. We cannot help it. We cannot necessarily stop what we feel; however, we can, with God’s help, control how we act when feelings are aroused. Just because I am not yelling when I’m angry doesn’t mean I am suppressing my emotion, it means I am controlling it – but not on my own. When I try to do that, I end up yelling. I can maintain control with God’s help.
A quick prayer before any emotional response can help us all let God use our nature for his purpose.