God’s creation is magnificent.
It’s easy to read this truth and agree, but do we truly understand it? We have all looked outside before and occasionally noticed how bright a flower is or how interesting a particular tree may be. We can all think of times where nature has even surprised us with it’s beauty, such as when a butterfly landed at just the right spot, or a sunset was painted with thousands of uniquely-perfect colors.
Although we remember these examples fondly, to what extent do we truly credit God? How much of our appreciation translates to praise? In our world filled with too many stimulating distractions, when do we truly stop, observe and praise God for his artistic mastery?
I ask myself these questions as much as I encourage others to reflect on them. Sadly, these essential practices are not in my regular routine.
As I’m recording these thoughts, it’s pitch black outside and the campfire before me is dancing with a powerful beauty. Even in a season of quarantine when I should be eager to leave home, my family had to bribe me with promises of fans and an afternoon in downtown Sulfur Springs to convince me that camping in the summer is not a completely crazy idea. Although the gnats and ants begged to differ, our three days spent in intimacy with God’s creation reminded me of how His masterpiece is meant to reflect His glory.
I needed encouragement to spend more time focusing on God’s creation than the projects and distractions I can find at home. By God’s Grace, the time at our campsite taught me to appreciate and praise God for his magnificent creation. I can’t remember the last time I watched fire dance or stood on the shore of the lake, listening to the waves crash into moss-coated rocks. Even though I’ve done these things before, how often did I remember the one who created them?
I pray that God would dramatically shift my perspective so that the wonderful evidenced of His hand would cause me to take notice and praise God for who He is.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God,” the Psalmist writes. “The skies above proclaim His handiwork.” We do well to listen.Tweet
While my camping trip revealed an area I needed to grow in, I am also reminded that daily opportunities exist to praise and thank God for his creative handiwork. Trees and flowers and birds and animals all exist outside of camping site #70 and the hiking trials surrounding it. Each piece of nature was intentionally created by God, given a place in the complex world He created from nothing, and provided for us to appreciate. I need to slow down enough to notice the beauty and appreciate that it helps me know God more.
The Lord continues to reveal Himself through creation. Nature displays God’s intelligence, creativity, sovereignty and omniscience. “The Heavens declare the glory of God,” the Psalmist writes. “The skies above proclaim His handiwork.” We do well to listen.
I am thankful that this trip reminded me of how important it is to stop and notice the marks of His personality which God has provided all around us.
– Abigail Croft