There is much talk about signs and wonders these days in some Christian circles.
And there are un-believers who say unless they can see God they wont believe.
This devotional from William Barclay just about says it all.We only have to look around and breathe the air to see as much evidence as we need.
From William Barclay's daily study Bible.
THE BLINDNESS WHICH DESIRES A SIGN (Mark 8:11-13)
It was a sign like that that the Pharisees were demanding. They wished to see some shattering event blazing across the horizon, defying the laws of nature and astonishing men. To Jesus such a demand was not due to the desire to see the hand of God; it was due to the fact that they were blind to his hand. To Jesus the whole world was full of signs; the corn in the field, the leaven in the loaf, the scarlet anemones on the hillside all spoke to him of God. He did not think that God had to break in from outside the world; he knew that God was already in the world for anyone who had eyes to see. The sign of the truly religious man is not that he comes to Church to find God but that he finds God everywhere, not that he makes a great deal of sacred places but that he sanctifies common places.
That is what the poets knew and felt, and that is why they were poets.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:
"Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."
Thomas Edward Brown wrote:
"A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not--
Not God! In gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign;
"One asked a sign from God; and day by day
The sun arose in pearl; in scarlet set;
Each night the stars appeared in bright array;
Each morn the thirsty grass with dew was wet;
The corn failed not its harvest, nor the vine
And yet he saw no sign!"From him who has eyes to see and a heart to understand, the daily miracle of night and day and the daily splendour of all common things are sign enough from God.