Have you ever met someone who says they find God in nature? Or maybe that’s even how you feel?
I can understand. Nature is so full of awe and beauty.
In can be so easy to spot God in nature.
But, in the Bible, Paul warns us about getting distracted with the things that are right in front of our eyes, and not seeing the maker behind them.
Our priest gave a great example in church the other day that helped me understand this a little better.
Think of a cake sitting on the kitchen counter. The kids get home from school and are so excited. “Cake, cake!” they shout.
Who wouldn’t, right? Cake!
But they forget about the person who made the cake — the one who bought the ingredients, followed the recipe, and took time to bake it.
Taking it one step further, they forgot about the person who wrote the recipe. Was it Grandma? Great Grandma? A complete stranger?
And how about the person who grew the ingredients: flower, sugar. Or the cows who made the milk and butter and the chickens who laid the eggs.
Who made the cows and chickens or the grain that grows?
Nature is glorious. It’s one of my favorite ways to experience God.
In that experience, I think it’s important we remember to ponder the maker of it all.
As we rejoice over the sunset, cows on a grassy field, or the vastness of the ocean, it’s prayerful to open our hearts to God’s voice and to Hearing God Through Nature.
God’s creation speaks deep truths of love to our heart.
“The heavens declare the glory of God.
The expanse shows his handiwork.
Day after day they pour out speech,
and night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice has gone out through all the earth,
their words to the end of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
We live in a world of wonders, because God wants us to be delighted. He loves it when we enjoy His creation and hopes the wonder and delight will lead our hearts back to Him and his vast love for us.
God created every sunrise, each cow and the entire ocean just to see you smile. He loves you that much.