"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8
When Scripture became irrelevant in my conversations with my de-converted husband, I was thrust to the edge of my own belief. It felt like I sat in the middle of the valley floor with only the dirt and weeds and sky to prove that God was true.
To be honest, at the stark edge of belief, my eyes became fine-tuned to the very evidence of what is true in the tangible work of His hands.
And often, that was enough. That is enough now, when I find myself swamped by all the hiding and concealing this world tends to get wrapped up in. Whatever is true is most evident in what Man cannot hide.
The word true in Philippians 4:8 means "unconcealed, unhidden, worthy of credit" according to Strong’s Concordance. If we were stripped of all our books and screens and libraries, what will remain is the very basic evidence of what is true all around us.
Moments of growing closer to God in my past and present are filled with wonderment at the neatly threaded leaves and the ordained position of stars. True shines with the most evidence in the creative masterpiece around me. Whether it be in my less-than-manicured backyard or a dappled trail along a river bend. What is true cannot to be concealed or hidden, and for me, thinking on whatever is true dissolves the anxiousness of this world’s misperceptions.
In my recent post, To Convert an Atheist, Church, I discussed evidence pertaining to Scientific discovery. And, what is true about Creation is continually being discovered. However, I believe in the very depth of my soul, according to our Maker, His creation is a testimony that is true. Nobody can deny it. The physical world is undeniably real, and the beauty of His work is unhidden to everyone.
If there is one thing the world cannot conceal or take away, it is that creation is true.
True is the created. If we know God by the evidence in our experience, then when He seems hidden or silent, we only have to step away from our manipulated spaces and dwell in the undeniable spaces that are true.
My favorite place to dwell on what is true is along a tree-laden trail, with water sounding in a river or upon lake shores, and sunlight dancing in the trees. Creation is true. God is true. God’s creation witnesses to His trueness:
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
Where is your favorite place to dwell on what is true?