The God of the woodline
Thursday, 11 May 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Davenport
 Special to GUIDON

 My wife and I, with our son, Andrew, like to walk in the evening to get the mail at the end of our street when the weather is decent.

 It gives us a few minutes to reflect on our day and enjoy each other’s presence. On the walk back home, Courtney, my wife, always looks over to the right, behind house No. 17 and wishes we had the backyard view of that house. It sits atop a slight incline with a sloped backyard that overlooks the woodline as far as the eye can see.

 She always makes the comment, “What a beautiful sight to behold!”

 The woodline in the training environment is essential. The Army uses the woodline as a practicum for notional Areas of Operation that we could potentially experience as deployed Soldiers. Nevertheless, we often fall short of acknowledging the vast landscape of this finely tuned woodline as God’s celestial handiwork, not merely a training location.

 With this backstory in my purview, I am reminded of what the scripture says about the character of God and how he reveals himself to us.

 Romans 1:20 says, “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” (NIV).

 In other words, the “woodlines” of the world disclose God’s presence among us, and all people, throughout anytime in history, from any nation, can know there is an eternal and powerful God who created them. This is what’s known as God’s general revelation. God can be personally known and experienced through nature, God’s woodline, and conscience, the writing of God’s moral law upon one’s heart.

 As my wife, without fail, always mentions the “beautiful sight to behold” each evening, my prayer is that all people come to realize there is a being who created them out of pure love, who desires to be glorified through their wonderment of his “beautiful sight to behold” i.e. “the woodline.”

 (Editor’s note: Davenport is the 554th Engineer Battalion chaplain.)
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