Romans 1:20: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

God is invisible – but then He isn’t. I have always felt closer to God just walking the outdoors. The lush variety of animal species and vegetation simply speaks for itself.

If we’re not impressed with the intricacies of life on this blue and green planet maybe we should check out the rest of the universe? We’ve been taking astonishing pictures from outer space. Through 25 years of Hubble Space Telescope research we’ve discovered existing galaxies beyond our Milky Way; we’ve confirmed that the universe is expanding plus the role dark energy plays in this scenario; Hubble Space Telescope also gave us the first look at black holes; we’ve come up with names for new planets we discovered in the far reaches of our solar system; we’ve discovered birthplaces of stars with clusters only about two million years old – which in stellar terms is very young! The sky is literally the limit to our discoveries – as far as I can see it, there is no limit!

Why would we want to find an excuse for not knowing God? What is the benefit of ignoring Him? Who wouldn’t want to meet this Genius who came up with everything? And why is it so outrageous to think that this Genius loves us? Looking around, it becomes pretty obvious that He likes to create. Is it far-fetched to believe that He loves what He creates?

What I find remarkable about God is His reluctance to manipulate us into loving Him. He does not do that. He respects His own creation enough to give us space, think it over and come to our own conclusions.

In the criminal justice system fingerprints play a crucial role to identify the perpetrator. God very generously left His fingerprints everywhere for us to uncover. To me this is a telltale sign that God wants to be found.

If we look for God, we will most certainly find Him. Prepared to meet Him?

2 Timothy 1:9: “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

Holiness and grace go together like an old pair of shoes. Christ’s love covers all our wrong. Under His wings we can do no wrong. Under His grace we have room to fail. God’s grace gives us space.

In a particular movie scene of the 1998 movie “The Horse Whisperer” a horse trainer began training a severely traumatized horse. In a training session all of a sudden the cell phone of a bystander went off. The horse then totally lost it and broke away. The horse trainer decided to try another approach later. Meanwhile the horse stormed off into the wide open spaces of their Montana Ranch. They gave the horse space.

We too need space. God’s grace helps us back on our feet again after we’ve stumbled and fallen so we can get up and continue to grow, even though it’s sometimes two steps forward and one step back. Under God’s care we flourish and thrive. The bounty of spring we experience each year is a vivid reminder of that.

Be encouraged today to receive His love and rely on His grace.  God wants you to thrive – can you believe that?