Let God’s Creatures be Teachers

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

In the beginning, God commanded Adam to tend the garden and to name the animals (Gen. 21:15, 19). Why were these the first two tasks given to Adam?

As I contemplated Adam naming the animals and tending the garden, I began to realize that creation itself is a master teacher. Every aspect of creation speaks clearly of the character of God. From the simplicity of the sparrow to the unfolding of the petals on a rose, all of creation reveals God in His beauty, goodness, and magnificence.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20).

Seeking the revelation of God through creation is a life-long pursuit. But searching for treasure is exciting and rewarding–especially when you find it! And God promises that we will: “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart,” he says in Jeremiah 29:13.

I can think of no other pursuit in life that is of more value than the pursuit of God. Enjoying God requires knowing Him intimately. But if we desire to know someone intimately, we must spend time with them. I think this is what God had in mind when he gave Adam the assignment to name the animals and tend the garden–certainly a time consuming task.

This is an important lesson for us as parents. Our children need to spend time among the splendor of God’s unfathomable creation so they can know Him more intimately. We all need time to observe, interacting with, and enjoy the infinite treasures that surround us. Perhaps it’s time to turn off the hypnotic, non-productive media screens and return to the garden.