I did another longish cycle ride today on my way into work. The weather has been pretty poor for the majority of the week, so I was taking every opportunity I could find, and making the most of the sunny morning. As I was passing through Sunningwell I caught myself saying (to myself) 'Oxfordshire, you really are beautiful…'
It was an acknowledgement that the area I was passing though looked stunning, especially in the early morning as the sun was hitting the yellow fields. But as I was doing so I was reminded that I was actually giving praise to a created thing rather than the creator.
When someone performs on stage we don't give applause to the play or the set, instead we applaud the actors and the set creators. Similarly when someone creates an awesome dessert we don't say thank you to the pudding for being so incredibly choclolatey, instead we compliment the chef. Today I caught myself praising the pudding.
It was a reminder to me to think about who or what I give my praise and glory to. It seems to be a bit of a theme for this week…
"…they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself…'Rom 1:25 (NLT)