“By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” Colossians 1:16
I was eating a watermelon the other day when my son Matthew challenged me to a seed spitting competition. Since we were sitting outside, I agreed, and before long the whole family (Nana excluded) were eating and spitting, eating and spitting, eating and spitting in an effort to be the seed spitting champ of the year.
Now, before you condemn us for our deviant behavior, let me tell you that there’s something to be said for this kind of activity. It’s not too often that one has the opportunity to eat while simultaneously partaking in a sporting event. And it’s even more rare to be able to eat, think, and play all at the same time.
But that’s one of the advantages of a seed spitting competition, and, as I set a new distance record at the Murray Family Annual Seed Spitting Event, I realised the little black seeds that I was callously spitting all over the lawn deserved more respect than I was giving them. For the humble watermelon seed has the power of drawing from the ground, and through itself, two hundred thousand times its weight. Then, from the material that it draws out of the ground it forms an outside surface beyond the imagination of art, an inside white rind, and within that a succulent red heart thickly inlaid with black seeds which have the potential to reproduce more watermelons.
That bears some consideration. If something as common as the watermelon is amazing and mysterious it makes one wonder who made the watermelon? For surely the watermelon is caused by something beyond itself? And surely the design of the watermelon needed an intelligent designer? For intelligence is required to produce any design. And the more complex the design, the greater the intelligence required to produce it. After all, buildings imply architects, software implies programmers, aircraft imply aeronautical engineers, and books imply authors.
So where am I going with this argument? It’s very simple. The only reasonable conclusion, when I ask myself who made the watermelon, is the realisation that there’s a great designer behind the design. That stands to reason! To say that a watermelon came from a big bang just doesn’t cut it. And to say that the watermelon evolved by chance flies in the face of common sense. There had to be a designer. And I believe God is the Designer.
The Bible confirms it. In Colossians 1:16 it says, “By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” That’s the reality. God made the watermelon and everything else. As it states succinctly in Genesis 1:1,31, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth … and God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” And to that I say a hearty, “Amen!”