There are many points of view concerning the method through which the planet on which we live came into existence. Many believe in the Creator, which, depending on their particular belief structure is defined by many names and character traits. Others believe the world came into being through a big bang. Others still believe in some form of intelligent design. There are so many arguments that keeping up with them boggles the mind. To break down the belief structures even more creates more room for disagreement. There are those who believe in a literal Biblical view of a young earth. Others believe something similar but with a longer time frame and the list goes on. I suppose there are many who would say, what does it really matter? Who cares?
I love the outdoors, the woods, the fields of flowers and the water. I love the peaceful and insulating quality of being in the water. This past Shabbos I visited a small reservoir with a waterfall and for me in that place, I felt the presence of G-d. The flowing water was to me an example of how His love washes over me. Caught up in that moment I felt very connected to the One who created me and sustains me. It is through moments such as these I find the words to express my gratitude to G-d and for His many gifts.