Confessions of a Rookie Birder: God is beauty

This Wood Duck was photographed in Tucker, Georgia. It is one of the most colorful North American waterfowl. (Photo Craig Taylor)

This past week as I studied to teach Bible study, I read the statement that God has revealed Himself and His attributes to us since the beginning of human history. The apostle Paul also wrote with that same thought: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities (attributes)––his eternal power and his divine nature––have been clearly seen” (Romans 1:20). One of those attributes is that God is beauty.

That statement has been going over and over in my mind. I even looked up a list of the attributes of God and found 15. Some of those I learned as a child––He’s all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere at the same time. But I was looking for God’s attributes that can be seen in creation . . . in the creative process itself. One of the top 15 attributes is “God is Glorious: He is infinitely beautiful and great.” Theologian John Piper explains this as, “The infinite beauty––all of his perfections and greatness are beautiful as they are seen, and there are many of them.”

What an idea that is . . . God is beautiful. God IS beauty. God is BEAUTY. Our world is the visual representation of just how beautiful God is. I don’t know about you but I want to hang out on that idea for awhile.

This Black Mandibled Toucan was photographed in Costa Rica. His colorful bill is over seven inches long. (Photo by Craig Taylor)

So, I asked my birding friend Craig Taylor, who provides most of the beautiful bird photos I use, to send me some of the most gorgeous birds he’s ever photographed. He’s been doing this for fifteen years and has photographed birds in different parts of the United States and the world. I love what he’s shared this week.

This Green Throated Carib was photographed in the Virgin Islands. He’s also known as an Emerald-throated Hummingbird. (Photo by Craig Taylor)

Enjoy the beauty of God. And remember that God is beauty. That’s a lot to take it.

This American Kestral was also photographed in the Virgin Islands. The American Kestral is the smallest of all raptors and one of the most colorful. (Photo by Craig Taylor)
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