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God, a Riverbank, and a Huckleberry Bush

As I write this I am out on a backpacking trip. Camp is set up near a river, and I have found a log to lean against and watch the river flow by. Between me and the river is a small huckleberry bush with about a dozen small red huckleberries on it. Not a very significant little bush. But it was one that caused me to marvel over God’s creation.

The previous day I had climbed to the top of a tall ridge with amazing views all around. It was awe inspiring and prompted praise for the one who had made it. And who had made it possible for me to enjoy. The creation does indeed proclaim the praises of its creator; to those with ears to listen.

God and a Huckleberry Bush

But how could a scraggly huckleberry, clinging to life on a riverbank, compare to the majesty of the soaring mountain peaks, arrayed in a riot of color from all the flowers. But as I looked at the small bush, it struck me that, in its own way, it was just as impressive as anything else I had seen on this trip.

This bush, with no mind and no intelligence of its own, lived and prospered. Every winter it drops its leaves and goes dormant. But when the warmth of spring returns, this bush returns to life, growing new branches and leaves. And, if that was not enough, it produces berries. Berries that are food for other creatures, including me, as well as the means for producing new bushes.

I look at those few small berries hanging on that bush and marvel that they contain within themselves all they need to become bushes themselves. I know that science can provide a description how they do this. But I marvel nonetheless at the creativeness of the one who gave them that ability. God truly is great and his creation glorious. When I see what God has done with a lowly huckleberry bush, I am amazed. From the biggest mountain, to the smallest bush. They all declare the praises of God.


The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

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