Everything leads to God! Absolutely everything! We were made for love and everything else was made to make love possible. God made us for Himself and everything else for us. The whole world: the land with its mountains and valleys; plants and flowers; snow and rain; the sea with all its beauty, power and mystery; animals for work, companionship, transportation and food; the day with its blue skies, white clouds and sun; the night with its moon, stars and silence; trees, air, wind, cold and warmth. Every one of these was created for one reason – us! Not for anything else! Just for us! This is because God created us for Himself and He so loved us as to provide these things. Though God has given us even more than these, what need is there for any more evidence of His love?
We manage to assemble all sorts of inventions and gadgets for ourselves, but none of them are really needed. God has given us all we need to return His love. What we do with all these things is a good indication of the way we love God in return for His great love for us.
In this regard I can’t help but thinking of the monastic return to the most elemental of God’s gifts: working and praying in the silent splendor of His creation. Here the simplest things outline just being. The created gadgetry of man’s inventions and the obsession with time lose all importance. The greatness of God’s love shines magnificently in the rising sun, a starry moonlit night, the warmth of a fire, the bold majesty of mountains, forests, and the demure color and beauty of flowers, etc. How do we know God loves us? Look around. Everything shows us His love for us. Everything! And everything is good unless we make it bad.
Sometimes the lives we choose and the directions we take seem bent on spoiling the good things of God’s love. Because of this there is a real need to reflect often on the right use of these things God has bestowed upon us through which we might return His love.