It's the most demanded show on iPlayer. It has been watched by more teenagers than the X factor. It has kept us enthralled as a family. Bringing "oohs" and "ahhs" from young and old alike. It's sometimes beautiful. Sometimes brutal. Often weird. And never dull.

It is of course Planet Earth II. The BBC's latest natural history offering, which, with ever improving HD technology, has delivered even more spectacular pictures of the creatures that inhabit the world with us. We're looking forward to catching up with the last episode this evening.  I'm not sure if the outrageously cocky foxes of Chessington will feature. But they should. Striding down the middle of the road, daring us to suggest they should go back to the woods where they belong!

I'm constantly amazed by nature. I've even turned into a bit of a twitcher in my old age. This love of spotting interesting birds has come with a few other signs of midlife such as: chosing fruit cake over chocolate cake, liking going to bed early, thinking all modern music sounds the same (accept when they cover those excellent tracks of the 80's!) and talking about the past as though it was better. I'm mocked by younger folk as I cry, "Look there's a heron!" or "I think it's a buzzard!"

Plant Earth II has been mind blowing. The flamboyant colours. The outlandish mating displays. The extraordinary adaption of the animals to their environment. It's like a 1970's disco on speed.

Nature seems so over the top. So unnecessarily vibrant. So visually dazzling. It's as though a three year old has gone wild with their parents highlighter pen. You almost feel like saying, "Now come on. You don't get birds that fluorescent blue." or "Why have you made that fish so shiny!'

I'm left wondering at the amazing creativity of our God. The God who just seems to use colour for the sake of it. Because its fun. Because He wanted to. The God who seems to have put so much beauty into the world for our wonder and amazement. No wonder the Psalmist cried out: 

"May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—" (Psalm 104:31)

But that's not what David Attenborough says. He says that all this colour and creativity came entirely by chance. Whilst he doesn't deny that there is a God. He doesn't want see the hand of a creator in creation. His problem is that he is blind to Christmas.

He said in a recent interview that he accepts the possibility that there might be a God beyond his senses. That just as he can observe termites without them having a clue that he is watching, so there might be a God who is looking over us without us knowing. (

But we do know. Because of Christmas.

At Christmas God came close so that we could know Him. He had already made himself known. But with Jesus the picture was complete. As the writer to the Hebrews states: "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son..." (Hebrews 1:1-2).

The God who made time and space so wants us to know Him, that he has come into his creation. Not just to give us knowledge of His character, but to restore us to relationship with Him.

This Christmas David Attenborough would do well to study the person of Jesus as much as he studies the world He made. I hope he does. He is a national treasure after all!

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