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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: What A Day That Will Be

By Ken Horn
Aug. 5, 2012

I was at home reading when I noticed a gorgeous butterfly flitting about our patio, sipping nectar from our flowers. I love nature, and this small visitor renewed my appreciation for God’s creation. Butterflies are delicate works of art, always a delight ?to see.

A few moments later I looked out again. To my horror, there were two butterfly wings on the ground near a new visitor, a large praying mantis. He had made a meal out of a work of art.

The praying mantis, too, is God’s creation. But it reminds me that there are two sides to nature — creation and curse.

My dad, who taught me so much about the outdoors, repeated this couplet often:

“Nature in the wild

Is seldom mild.”

While we cannot be certain exactly how nature would look had there been no curse, we do have a picture of God’s ideal — and eventual — form for nature:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,

The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,

The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;

And a little child shall lead them” ?(Isaiah 11:6, NKJV).

And maybe, the mantis with the butterfly? Who knows?

I confess to being an unabashed nature lover. I love the splendors of the great outdoors. I am easily amazed by God’s wonders, great and small. I feel sorry for people who seldom get out to see the beauty surrounding us all.

God’s greatest creation, mankind, is also tainted by the curse. While “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), we face many problems because of the fall into sin.

The promise of Isaiah tells us that, as incredible as nature is today, there is coming a day when the curse will be lifted and it will be even better.

But the best promise of the future is when we meet Jesus, the One who redeemed us, and all sorrow and tears are banished. The curse will touch us no more. What a day that will be!

Ken Horn

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