"Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse;" Romans 1:20 NRSV
Have you ever driven the same route for years, then one day, you suddenly notice something new? This happened to Janice and I just last week. Driving down Center Street in Easton, on the way to the gym, we saw a house that's been there for years for the first time. The leaves are off the trees, making it easier to spot, but that happens every year, and we've traveled this way almost daily for 30 years. We were blinded to the obvious.
Sometimes humans can be oblivious. We fail to see because we're not looking, or we choose not to see, preferring blindness. In our lives’ busyness, we often become so fixated on our destination; we fail to enjoy the journey. Other times, we reason that if we don't see what is around, it doesn't exist.
Today's verse says that we need no other proof to know of God's existence than opening our eyes and hearts to his creation. There is no excuse. The text serves as a message to those who have not yet accepted Christ and as a reminder to his followers. While we know with certainty, God exists, what are we failing to see? How do we reopen our hearts and eyes to God? What new work is he calling us to do?
Our Heavenly Father, we look around at your creation and cannot deny your existence. Yet, we admit we are guilty of not seeing. We are blinded to opportunities in front of us because we fail to see or because we do not wish to see. Please forgive us and open our eyes and hearts so we may understand your will for us. In the name of your Son and our Savior Jesus, we pray. Amen.