Friday, January 9, 2009

Does God want bugs to have fun?

When Jonathan Edwards was converted to Christ, his experience of things, including the creation, changed. "There seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet cast or appearance of divine glory in almost everything," he wrote.

One aspect of the creation that caught his attention was a spider that he observed swinging from tree to tree by its webs. Where some people might have thought, "Creepy," or "Sure proves evolution," or just shrugged and moved on, Edwards saw evidence of God's glory. He saw "the exuberant goodness of the Creator, who hath not only provided for all the necessities but also for the pleasure and recreation of all sorts of creatures, even the insects."

Is God so good that he wants even his bugs to have some fun? Looking elsewhere at the creation, Edwards wrote, "God's goodness is like a river that overflows all of its bounds."

Edwards quotes from Stephen J. Nichols, "Thunderstorms and Flying Spiders," Christian History, Issue 77, pages 40-41.