The Beauty of God’s World: Guest Blog by Zana Johnson

Does the order and beauty of the world provide evidence of God existence?

This is a question that I constantly ponder whenever I experience the beauty of the world around us. Oftentimes we go about our busy lives and fail to recognize how everything in this world has a balance – an order that could have only been perfected by God. The complicated yet controlled way our body functions or the detailed design of each and every one of our features are two of the many wonders that proves God’s existence. Creating the world we live in took more than a flash of light and a bang. God was able to  create this complex world using His power, His patience, and most importantly His love.

Over spring break, I had the amazing opportunity to go with Ridgecrest Baptist Church on their 14th annual mission trip to Haiti. We stayed in Port-au-Prince at Walls International Guest House for a week while working with Pastor Leon D’Orleans at a few of his churches. We managed to accomplish several things including building a foundation for a church that had collapsed in the earthquake Haiti suffered in 2010.

Although Haiti is an extremely poor country with terrible housing and sanitation, to this day it remains to be the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. The people were stunning, inside and out. In America, our definition of beauty is long hair and slim figures, but the people of Haiti had beauty beyond measure. Their personalities, smiles, and determination constantly reminded me of the God’s amazing mercy and grace. He created an entire world full of marvelous, beautiful places and things that were perfected just for us – sinners who didn’t deserve God’s abundant love.

While I was in Haiti, I had the opportunity to witness God working in the lives of the Haitians as well as my team. We gave gifts to many of the children attending school at a compound called Blanchard. Seeing the smiles on their little faces made all the hard work and muscle aches worth it. They were so happy to receive simple things such as clothes, toothbrushes and toy cars. Watching them made me think of how teenagers in America are always wanting more and are never satisfied with the many things they do have.

On Easter Sunday, we attended a church located in Cite Soleil the third poorest slum in the world. The church was right in the heart of the slum and on the way there we saw people walking the streets, trying to reach the church. When we entered the church my breath was taken away from the overwhelming beauty of the church service. Although everything was in a different language, I knew what was going on. The church began to fill quickly with people from all over Cite Soleil who had walked so far just to come to church. I soon began to realize that there wasn’t a hint of desperation in the Haitians’ eyes – only hope, joy, and peace.

My trip to Haiti was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. Haiti taught me about how beautiful God’s world can be even when ugly things tend to creep in and taint God’s perfect world. We should never forget the love God has for us – so much love that He gave His Son for the hearts of sinners. This is the radiant beauty of a life forgiven and renewed in Jesus Christ.

The answer to the above question is overwhelmingly “Yes.”  Through the physical world God created, we can still capture glimpses of God’s perfect world and majesty. Through the life of a person who believes and commits their life to Christ, we can see bits and pieces of what glorious life in heaven must be like. All of it is an incredible outpouring of beauty which points us to the One and Only God, Who masterminded it all.

Zana Johnson is a 16-year-old senior who is currently attending Northern High School, in Durham, NC. She recently moved to Durham from California and has been attending Ridgecrest Baptist Church for a little over a year. She has three siblings and two wonderful parents whom she loves dearly.

 

 

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