Order, Beauty, and
Harmony and Beauty
Like in a beautiful
symphony, there is harmony throughout the natural world. Interdependence and cooperation occur everywhere. The many
different life forms and natural cycles are intertwined and balanced (barring unwise human intervention). Although
struggle and death take place, these serve to maintain equilibrium and keep the natural cycles going.
Not only is everything in the natural world balanced and functional, but beauty also surrounds us.
Consider the harmony of the colors. The world is not just black and white with shades of grey, but is filled with
bright as well as muted, well-coordinated colors in marvelous variety. With its basic colors of blue and green, the
natural environment has a calming, rejuvenating, and balancing effect on the mind, heart, and body. Splashes of
red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and brown add interest as well as promoting feelings of cheer, serenity,
inspiration, and vitality, among others.
The natural beauty, aesthetically pleasing to the senses, brings happiness, enjoyment, and even
amusement. One admires the delicate shape of a violet, orchid, or cherry blossom; the yellow carpet of a
dandelion-covered meadow; and even the purple flower of the prickly thistle visited by a furry bumblebee. Who can
help but smile at young kittens, cubs, or puppies frolicking at play; or, hungry chicks with their beaks wide open
for mother to drop something in?
Before each of us lies a seemingly endless variety of delightful living and non-living things for our
eyes to take pleasure in. If only we can pause and stop to admire and smell the lilacs, to explore the forest path,
to climb the mountain, and to listen to the waves on the seashore.
A Display of Divine Character
As a piece of
art communicates about the artist, the natural world attests to the qualities and character of the Creator. One can
discern love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, and patience as well as humility, wisdom, generosity, and
imagination throughout the creation.
The Creator’s love appears in the abundance of good things surrounding us, such as warm spring
sunshine, a cool refreshing breeze, sweet juicy strawberries, and tender parental care. The creation reflects
wonderful benevolence. Barring mankind’s destructive deeds, nature functions harmoniously. Furthermore, the
Creator’s love and provision are unconditionally available to all creatures. While effort and sometimes struggle
are required for survival, all organisms are well equipped for life in whatever circumstances they find
Nature displays joy and even humor - birds chirping, lambs frolicking and exploring their world,
mothers excited about the first smile of their baby. Who can help but be amused by kittens hitting each other with
their paws as they enforce their “social order”, or a puppy barking at a bug? Or, who does not enjoy watching
toddlers at their first attempts to pull themselves up on the coffee table, discovering what it feels like standing
on their feet? Lightheartedness and playfulness abound among living creatures.
Away from the hustle and bustle of human rushing, peace and tranquility come to the fore. Walking in a
forest, for instance, one can feel refreshed by the soothing greenery, cool shade, and soft scents. Generally,
animals are quiet or make non-disturbing noises. Most birds sing pleasantly, insect buzzing is usually not
irritating, and neither is the croaking of frogs. Dogs, cows, and other animals only make ongoing bothersome noises
when upset or unhappy.
Overall, nature’s design has inbuilt gentleness. Under normal conditions, climate remains balanced and
pleasant, with hurricanes, tornadoes, and violent storms being the exception. Destructive earthquakes and volcanic
eruptions are only occasional occurrences. Most animals are non-aggressive to humans and attack only if threatened.
Predators are in a minority, and even then, they usually only kill to survive. (In addition, they are a vital part
of ecosystems and if absent, the other animals tend to overpopulate and become destructive to their habitat.) In
the past century, however, the balance in nature has been disrupted by imprudent human activities and violent
natural phenomena are on the rise.
Patience can also be seen in nature’s design. In the animal kingdom, creatures patiently wait for
their young to hatch and grow up, sometimes under adverse conditions, for which they are equipped. Male emperor
penguins, for example, endure weeks of frost and blizzard without eating, huddled together, each with an egg on
their feet, waiting for the young to hatch, the spring to arrive, and their female partners to return from feeding
in the sea.
Even though God is supreme, sovereign, and omnipotent, his awe-inspiring handiwork demonstrates
humility - its inherent power is not flaunted before humanity. Mighty displays of power in nature through such
occurrences as deafening thunder, blinding lightning, or terrifying tsunamis are relatively rare. Instead, a quiet
demonstration of wisdom, glory, and generosity occurs in sunrises and sunsets, starry and moonlit nights, and the
myriads of living organisms of direct benefit to humans.
The imagination of the Creator God is seen in the astounding variety of designs, sizes, and color
combinations. How many shapes of leaves, types of flowers, kinds of seed “containers”, and ways of seed dispersal
are there? How many different beaks, flying habits, and nest types come to mind? What about the various sounds that
animals produce to communicate with each other, many inaudible to the human ear? Sizes in the animal world range
from the 30 meter long and over 100 tons in weight blue whale, to microscopic organisms visible only under electron
microscope. The plant kingdom at its large end features the 100 meters tall giant sequoias with a base diameter of
10 meters. These trees and the whales make humans look miniature in comparison. All this is, however, dwarfed, by
incredible heavenly phenomena such as the billions of galaxies of which the Milky Way is only a tiny part.
In his infinite and unfathomable wisdom, God has created an ordered universe and allowed humans, made in his
image and given freedom of choice, a limited control over it. The Creator has given people a desire to know how the
universe works as well as to understand their lives in relation to it, to each other, and to God. At the same time,
ultimate understanding that surpasses human reason is unavailable to humans except through special revelation, but
even then a great deal for now remains awe-inspiring mystery.
© 2006 Eva Peck