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Celebrating the Creator and His Creation

Celebrating the Creator and His Creation

Thursday, 22 October 2015  | Di - Assistant Principal - Primary
Burnt, deep red and orange cliffs suggestive of a Mars landscape, jut upwards to form ancient cliffs revered by local Bardi people. The azure sea meets white sands that stretch along the coastline of Cape Leveque in the Kimberley, 200 km above Broome on the Dampier Peninsula.

Down below the cliff face about 100 meters off shore, we watch a pod of humpback whales frolicking & circling with their calves. We join the admirers on the cliff top with our binoculars, taking in the sheer joy of these sea giants as they surface, roll, lift their flippers and dive. For over 40 minutes they circle around enjoying their admirers before one last lap of the solitary yacht in the water - as if to say farewell - before heading down the coast. The giant disk of the orange sun dips below the horizon and the glow of a gentle Kimberley sunset rises up to meet the darkening sky.

The humpback whales make their journey annually from Antarctica to the warm tropical waters of both the east and west coast of Australia to breed. The Western Australian pod is numbered around 30,000. The females feed their calves on milk, which amazingly contains all 28 amino acids required for muscle growth. The calves can put on up to 80 kilograms a day! During their time in the tropics, the adults live on their blubber which has resulted from feeding on the krill of the Antarctic during the Southern Hemisphere summer. The bull males’ song is unique and the WA pod’s tunes are picked up and recognized by pods as far away as Northern Canada. This cycle reveals deeper things about the order of creation and the creator.

As we marveled at the whales we partook in the joy of their display. Scientists don’t really know the purpose of their displays. We can recognize tail flukes, body rolls, nose ups and full breaches all of which may have a purpose for cleaning barnacles, or possibly displaying mating behaviors, or perhaps showing sheer joy, delight and playfulness. Whatever the reason the people watching from the shore were engrossed in this joyful display. Everyone cried out with excitement at a breach or when the pod circled and swished through the water.

Why do we love to see these magnificent displays of creation? Is it just because it is unique? Or does it point us further to the creator? The psalms continually remind us that when we observe the creation we are set to praise the God of heaven who made it and sustains it by his hand.

Psalm 95
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

As we travelled these last few months to some of Australia’s treasured places, we have been reminded over and over that it is our sovereign God who sustains this world and invites us to enjoy and revel in his handiwork. Being away from the city and close to nature we were able to reflect on the joys of seeing stars at night that go on and on, revealing vast unknown galaxies.

Swimming alongside turtles and a glorious array of fish and vibrant corals, observing whales playing, discovering hidden gorges and waterfalls in vast and inhospitable landscapes, we were invited to participate in God’s wonder; our world.

What a privilege to enjoy the delights of God’s creation and to acknowledge and praise him. What a privilege to have God’s whisper in my ear that he too delighted in our enjoyment of the works of his hand.

A great book called ‘A Vision with a Task’ reminds us that we are to be surprised by joy in this life. “Wherever we look, we see the miracle-working hand of our Father; whomever we see, we see the image of God. We live our lives in gratitude to him for what he has done in Christ.” (Stronks & Blomberg, 1993, p.202)
In this classic Christian Education book we are encouraged to see that a true understanding of God’s world requires playful engagement.

“This is the joy we wish to share with children… The curriculum should first and foremost reflect joy and celebration, this wonder and amazement at being alive in such a rich and vibrant world, fashioned for us as our home.”

As teachers and parents, let’s be excited to open up God’s world to our children - to have them see, delight, enjoy and frolic in the creation, that they might learn to question, wonder, curiously observe and to praise and thank the creator and sustainer.

Let’s switch off screens and open up opportunities for exploring, playing and noticing, and open up opportunities for wondering, reflecting, praising and thanking.

Dear God,
How awesome are your ways.
You have made the world.
They are the works of your hand. They display beauty and give joy to our wearied souls.
We are reminded of your greatness and your unending grace.
We worship you,
We love you,
We thank you.
Open up our hearts, and our eyes, to see you more and more and know you deep within our beings.
Amen
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