All of Creation
Read Psalm 104:24-30
O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches.
Psalm 104:24 (TLB)
Juita Kartini lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her mother has a small garden in their backyard where she grows several kinds of flowering plants. One particular plant with purple flowers stands out from the rest. Every morning, the plant displays beautiful flowers that face up toward the sky. But by noon, the flowers have all withered and fallen off, one by one. At night they can find no new flowers among the leaves. But by the next morning, fresh purple flowers appear again.
Juita is amazed at how God perfectly takes care of each and every part of creation. When she considers all the living things on this earth, Juita recognizes that her mother's purple flowers are a very small part of creation. Yet God never fails to bring up new flowers each morning after the previous ones have fallen off.
There are billions of people and innumerable living things, each with specific needs. Yet God cares for each part of creation. Juita believes God hears all our prayers and praises, and God works to bring us good things.
Prayer: O God, we are grateful for your creation. Thank you for the goodness and care you provide for every living thing, in Jesus' name. Amen.