The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth . . . For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.Psalm 33: 6, 9
Finding the Creator in Wyoming
In May of 1987, I graduated from Concordia College (now University) Wisconsin. I’ll save the full story of that for a sermon on miracles, if you know what I mean.
The day after the graduation party my parents threw me, they sat me down to tell me they were getting a divorce.
To say that I was blindsided is an understatement. I had rarely been home the last three years, except for Thanksgivings and Christmases, so I had no idea that there was something wrong in their marriage.
However, I had no time to process this news as the next day I was to leave for Wyoming. I was going to work in Jackson Hole National Park for the summer before I headed to St. Louis to begin seminary.
While I had been born in California and had visited both Southern and Northern California, Las Vegas, and one ski trip in Winterpark, Colorado, this was going to be my first time in Wyoming and that part of the Rocky Mountain Range.
In the Shadow of the Creator
One morning, while working at the Jackson Hole Lodge, I walked into the dining room. This was before the lodge was opened for the summer. Part of my job was to wash all the dinnerware that had been in storage all winter long.
I was having a hard time processing my life that had just been seismically shifted by my parents’ news two weeks before. The dining room was dark, but the curtains were open revealing the huge bay windows.
I walked into the room and it was just after dawn. The sun was painting the Grand Tetons an incredible shade of pink and yellow.
In a way that I had never experienced before, I felt the presence of God. I began to pray to my heavenly Father, the Creator of the majesty of a Grand Teton sunrise.
God began the long but thorough process of calming my heart and strengthening my idea of love and marriage.
God the Creator, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, who’s handiwork was on display before me in that lodge, reminded me that He not only created all things, but loves me and saves me through the blood of His Son.
Today, we are faced with a creedal truth that not only is God our Father, but that he is also the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Let me narrow down what that means to three things: One, God has created all that is seen and unseen; two, God created the angels; and three, God created humanity.
God Created All Seen and Unseen
First, God is the Creator of all that is seen and unseen.
If you’ve been to the ocean shore anywhere in the world, you get a glimpse of the truth that God created that. Or to the mountains. When you see a beautiful sunset in the North Woods you have seen what God has created. Take a look at the sky on a clear night and see the planets in their dance around the sun, the constellations telling their stories, and the moon reflecting our star’s light, you will see what God the Almighty Maker has made.
But remember, God has also made all the things we can’t see. Remember high school science class? All that we can see is made up of what we can’t see – neutrons, electrons and protons.
If you’ve taken a college level physics class – or a tour of Fermilabs in Batavia, Illinois – you may further know that each neutron, proton and electron are made up of quarks – up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. I know, I know! I don’t really understand it either.
But what I do know about this stuff just reinforces that God is the maker of all of it. It’s just too perfect, to precise, to have been an accident by any stretch of the imagination.
God Created Angels
God created the seen and the unseen of our universe.
Second, He is also the Creator of the angels. That’s where the Explanation of the Small Catechism goes next.
Angels show up first in the Old Testament, in the first book of the Bible: Genesis. From the Bible we know that they are spirit beings who were created holy. Some angels rebelled against God. They are the devils or demons. The good angels are many and powerful. They serve God and help us. The evil angels are also many and powerful. They hate God and seek to destroy everything that is good, especially faith in Christ.
God often uses them as messengers, but also protectors and warriors against evil.
In Part 2, we’ll explore the creedal truth that God is the Creator of humans.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being my Creator and the Creator of all that I can see and even the things I cannot see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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