For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Some of my favorite moments each day are spent sitting on our deck, quietly and contemplatively, simply observing and appreciating God's wondrous creation that surrounds me. This admiration is not reserved for the big components, like the towering trees and the occasional glimpses they allow of the endless sky. It also is stirred by the smaller beauties that call to me, tugging at my heart to notice them, and to give thanks.
I've loved all the plants which have flourished in their respective pots this summer, but the pink impatiens, I must admit, appeals to me more than any other. For starters, I'm a sucker for the underdog, and this plant, unlike its white and burgundy cousins, is the runt of the litter. It neither grows nor blooms as aggressively as the others, and it's the first to wilt when its roots are dry, begging for my love and attention.
And here, at season's end, all the ministrations I've lavished on this plant has paid off in a delightful and unexpected way.
Three sturdy, perfectly formed blossoms. And miracle of miracles, they appear simultaneously, and linger not for a few days or a week, but are now entering week three of their beautiful display.
What a gift for my eyes! And for my heart. Because as I gaze upon them, I can't help but think of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three in one and one in three. Do you see it, too?
Just like St. Patrick is reputed to have used a three-leaf clover, a shamrock, to explain the mystery of the Trinity, so this pink impatiens has become that symbol for me. God's invisible qualities are here seen clearly as I glean a fresh understanding from what has been lovingly made by His hands.
Yes, God's glory is revealed to us each and every day in myriad ways. We simply have to stop and take notice, gazing with eyes filled with wonder and faith.
We have no excuse.