“Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ” – Genesis 1:11-12 (NIV)
Recently, I was in the grocery store picking out some apples and bananas when I noticed some exotic-looking produce. A sign identified them as pitayas, or dragon fruit. I was totally unfamiliar with pitayas. I had never seen them before and was completely unaware of their existence.
I went home and did some research. A pitaya is the fruit of certain cactus plants and is native to Central and South America. It is also cultivated in several Southeastern Asian countries. Pitayas most commonly have a beautiful, red, leathery skin with green leaves and white flesh filled with tiny black seeds although some pitayas have red skin with red flesh or yellow skin with white flesh. The taste of the flesh is similar to a kiwi. Pitayas are about the size and weight of a softball.
A few days later, I was listening to an interview with a well-known atheist as to why he believes that God doesn’t exist. He stated that he could prove the inaccuracy and fallibility of the Bible through scientific and historical evidence. He was a very skilled speaker and many people, including Christians, might of been intimidated to refute some of his claims.
Personally, as a follower of Christ, I don’t condemn non-believers. I was once skeptical of God too. Although I attended church regularly as a boy, there was a time in my adult life when I questioned God’s existence. Fortunately, I never stopped seeking him and he has revealed himself to me over the years. I discovered that not believing in God takes more effort than believing in him.
“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning…” – C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity
Now, I see evidence for God everywhere. I find his beauty in everything: the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, the sky, the mountains, the seas, the wind, the rain, the lightning, the thunder, the rocks, the trees, the grasses, the flowers, the animals, a human heartbeat, and a dragon fruit.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, are clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20 (NIV)