Have you ever noticed that no matter what, stressful or painful circumstances you are going through God remains the same? One way He confirms this is through His creation. seeing God in nature has pulled me out of depressions, calmed my fears, and encouraged me through my toughest trials.
The mountain stand, strong and powerful, the sun rises, no matter how dark the night, the wind, gently lap, rocky coast, God’s voice is found in creation, we think we need to train our eyes to see Him.
In my weakest moments, God met me as I marveled at the beauty of creation.
If you are not the outdoors type, I challenge you to give it a try. When you see God through nature, it will truly grow your faith and encourage your heart.
What Does Nature Reveal About God
I remember a quote by James Prescott Joule, “ After the knowledge of, the obedience to, the will of God, the next thing must be, you know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork. It is evident that an acquaintance with major laws means no less than acquaintanceship with the mind of God. Therein expressed.
What does nature reveal about God? His character! Connecting with God through nature is more than just admiring the sunrise, it’s examining His handiwork and learning about who He is.
We know God because of His creation. Paul confirms this in Romans, when he is explaining how men cannot say that he didn’t know the true God.
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 NIV
Further on in Romans, Paul explains that creation is also under the curse of sin, and is eagerly awaiting deliverance.
That the creation itself will be liberated from his bondage to decay, and brought into the freedom and the glory and the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.Romans 21:22
So, when we take the beauty of nature, the expression of the character of God, we must also take into consideration that it is limited by sin. It is waiting to be released back into the beauty and perfection. It was originally created as.
God’s beauty, then is seen in the beauty of a protected nature. Isaiah talks about the time when God’s beauty will be revealed to Israel.
In the day of the Lord Almighty will be our glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of His people.”
“Your eyes will see the king and his beauty and view our land that stretches afar.”Isaiah 28:5; Isaiah 33:17
How To Connect With God In Nature
Connecting with God in nature does not mean backpacking through miles of dense woods. Thank used as easily see God through nature that is in your own backyard. Here are some ideas to get you started.
I live in the country, so pretty much anywhere I walk I am surrounded by nature, But even if you live in the city, there’s still plenty of opportunities. State parks, and not a long drive for most of us. Plan a whole day, hiking pack or plan a picnic, and a notebook or journal in rescheduling.
Take a long walk, observe the birds, take in the mountains. Stay long enough to watch the sunset. Or I find just talking to God refreshes my soul. Finding God‘s beauty in nature is connecting with Him as you embrace His creation.
The Beauty Of God’s Creation Is God In Nature
I will have to say my favorite summer activity is camping. It gives me time to unplug, slow down, and spend time exploring. It gives me away from overwhelming responsibilities, and allows me to pray, reflect, and journal. It is by far my favorite way to connect.with God through nature. Whether you are into tent camping, in a camper, or renting a cabin by the lake,
But if you don’t have time, you can always go for walks, or even gaze out your window. Take your time for explore God’s creation and connect with the amazing God, who created it.
Bring God’s Beautiful Creation To You
Seeing god in nature can be as simple as bringing nature to you. There are several ways to do this.
- Plant a vegetable garden
- Landscape a small place or flowers or herbs
- Hang bird feeders near your windows
- plant, fruit, trees, or any tree you would like
- Hang window boxes and filled him with flowers
- Create us to the area where you can get away from distractions and focus on God and His creation
I love to sit outside on my porch and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds feed on the tiniest of flowers.
Watching how God provides for the needs of even the tiniest creatures will grow in your faith and feel your mind and your heart. Scripture is filled with Bible verses about the beauty of God’s creation and finding God in nature.
Remember, His creation reveals His character. We can rely on God perfection. Count on it, and put hope in it.
But after the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth,and it will teach you, I’ll let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath all mankind.Job:12:7-10
God is instructing us to study nature, to learn about Him, and to connect with Him through the works of His hands.
How many times a day, do we not take the time so see God in nature. Don’t let it pass away.