[Originally published as The Thrush Knocks]
God’s Creation Knocks Upon our Hearts
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him… Revelation 3:20
On a cloudy Sunday afternoon between church services, I was able to enjoy birding next to my backyard fire pit. Along with a cup of coffee, it was a nice afternoon of journaling and photography. After several hours of the usual birds, I was delighted by the soft appearance of a dainty hermit thrush scraping in the leaf litter not far from my chair.
As soon as the thrush appeared, there was something in my heart that lifted; a subtle spark of joy or excitement.
Where does this spark come from? If we are just the products of random chance and evolution, and the other organisms on this planet are just rivals in this game called “survival of the fittest,” shouldn’t I just have stomped on him as an inferior competitor in the food chain?
There must be something more to it.
In Tolkien’s Hobbit, the knocking thrush was a sign to a party of dwarves that marked the keyhole to the entrance of their lost homeland. Just like Tolkien’s thrush, this world and its amazing creatures knock upon our hearts and unlock the knowledge of our Creator, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 1:20 that creation reveals God’s eternal power and godhead. If we choose not to ignore our hearts, the wonder and design of this universe lead our minds to God.
How does all this explain that spark?
Well, in Revelation 4:11, John tells us that all things were created by Jesus Christ, and for his “pleasure they are and were created.” God finds pleasure in his creation! And being made in his image, God has placed within us a similar pleasure that we find in creation.
Hence the subtle leap of joy upon seeing even a simple hermit thrush!