Revelation 4:6-8 (NIVUK)
…In the centre, round the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and behind. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all round, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
‘“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,”
who was, and is, and is to come.’
The picture of worship grows as the passage continues. Not only do we have an image of the power and beauty of God, his holiness and majesty, but we see symbolised through these four creatures, his creation worshipping him – as we are designed to do (see the third) with the face of a person. With my biology background I find here a thrilling sense of purpose, that as a whole, us included, we find our place together in him. I also find it disturbing when I think about how we have failed to treat at all well the natural world and its home, our planet.
Get outside some point today and join your prayers to those of the natural world around you (whether that is the glorious countryside of Lee Valley or the pigeons and parks of the City). Celebrate the one who made us all.