“In the beginning, God was revealed in all the works of creation. It was Christ that spread the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. It was His hand that hung the worlds in space, and fashioned the flowers of the field. “His strength setteth fast the mountains.” “The sea is His, and He made it.” Psalm 65:6; 95:5.
It was He that filled the earth with beauty, and the air with song. And upon all things in earth, and air, and sky, He wrote the message of the Father’s love.
Now sin has marred God’s perfect work, yet that handwriting remains. Even now all created things declare the glory of His excellence. There is nothing, save the selfish heart of man, that lives unto itself.
No bird that cleaves the air, no animal that moves upon the ground, but ministers to some other life. There is no leaf of the forest, or lowly blade of grass, but has its ministry.
Every tree and shrub and leaf pours forth that element of life without which neither man nor animal could live; and man and animal, in turn, minister to the life of tree and shrub and leaf.
The flowers breathe fragrance and unfold their beauty in blessing to the world.
The sun sheds its light to gladden a thousand worlds.
The ocean, itself the source of all our springs and fountains, receives the streams from every land, but takes to give.
The mists ascending from its bosom fall in showers to water the earth, that it may bring forth and bud.
The angels of glory find their joy in giving,—giving love and tireless watchcare to souls that are fallen and unholy. Heavenly beings woo the hearts of men; they bring to this dark world light from the courts above; by gentle and patient ministry they move upon the human spirit, to bring the lost into a fellowship with Christ which is even closer than they themselves can know.” Excerpts, Chpt. 1, The Desire of Ages, White, 1898.
From Chapter 1, The Desire of Ages, book three in a five book series known as the conflict of the ages series by Ellen G. White. The titles are: The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets, The Story of Prophets and Kings, The Desire of Ages, The Acts of the Apostles, and The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan. This is the greatest story ever told all biblically based with book and chapter references. The series chronicles the struggle between Satan and Jesus Christ. It starts before the world was created and continues on until the final victory and the destruction and rebirth of the world.