“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness God is the friend of silence. See how nature- trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” –Mother Teresa
A beautiful painted sky. The view off a exquisitely carved mountain. A river running wild and free against the rocks that hold it back. The illumination of the moon shinning off the blackness of the twilight. The handcrafted cavern designs. An ornately flower full of bold and bright colors. There is no denying that creator of all this wonder also created humankind with an unwavering purpose and innate beauty.
“Take a good look at God’s wonder they will take your breath away.” – Psalms 66:5
Sunsets have always captured my gaze. I watched the sun fall over the stillness of the water as I sat on the pier. It was a mid-summer night with warmth in the air.I have always had a fascination with nature. It doesn’t really seem to have an explanation. We know that sun sets in the east and rises in the west. Yet, we don’t know how the sun came to be. We see the uniquely patterned sky. Yet, is it scientifically important for the sky to be appealing to the eye? When I rest my eyes on the beauty of nature there is only one explanation. God made the earth ascetically appealing so that his beauty and glory can be revealed through nature. Reminding us of who is he. He is the creator of us. The father. The painter. The artist.
“I Go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.” –John Burroughs
Nature is proof that God is an artist. He is able to create with intricate design. I know this every time I see a landscape, tree, mountain, and flower. I know who drew the blueprints with a specific purpose in mind. You see, God did not create anything on this earth without a plan in mind for it. Think of the complexity that went into your very design. It is complex just like the creation of nature. Nature is like the puzzle that magically fit together. There are no questions of why in nature. Birds fly. Fish swim. There is no reason other than this was how God intended it.Yet it all fits together effortlessly.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Mystery is essential to any adventure or exploration. Entering into and encountering nature is a mystery. We never can guarantee what we will encounter. This past summer an eagle swooped down over the river we were fishing on. Throughout the day the eagle followed our boat. We got a great view of the rarely seen bald eagle.(Or at least this was my first time seeing one.) That morning I stepped onto the boat I could never have predicted the behavior of this eagle. Just like we cannot predict the behavior of nature. It is a mystery. Our relationship with God is just like this; a mystery.When we encounter God he reveals things to us that we never anticipated. Once we adventure off away from the nose and distraction, that I when God begins to reveal to us his mysteries and wonders. When I look at nature, I get a glimpse of God’s nature. His original designs from the height of a evergreen tree to the depth of a rapid river all give a showcase of who God his. The earth was his design. His creation.
Imagine you are walk in to an art show. The paintings and sculptures are riveting and you immediately connect with the beauty of the art pieces. The artist suddenly walks in and begins to explain and describe his work. You stand in awe.The artist wants to talk to you. He asks you about your life, your interests, your family. The artist of the art show wants to have a personal relationship with you. Not only that, but you see the artist floating around the room. It is clear he wants a relationship with all of the other fellow art lovers. God is an artist. He brushed the world into being with his fingertips. The majesty of his art is astounding and often it is right in our backyard. The wild earth, untouched by humankind, is God’s art on display and it reminds us of his power. Creativity flows through the warm waters of the sea and blows with the wild grass prairies. God’s imagination, creation, and design shows that he is worthy of our trust. If he can build mountains that stand tall we should have a faith that he has a design for our lives as well. Natures shows God’s authority.
“The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier, and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.” -Howard Macey
There is not a doubt in my mind that a God who carved out the stunning view of a mountain, painted the sky, and designed the ornate detail of a rose also created you with a purpose and innate beauty. When you walk in nature you are witnessing God’s artwork. But his greatest masterpiece was when he created you. Sounds crazy. That the God of all the wonders of the world would find you more fascinating than anything else he has designed. Even though it may not make sense why God is so in love with his creation of you, nothing could be more true. God is enthralled by his creation of mankind. Next time you gaze at a night sky, walk through the trees, or just absorb the nature in your backyard remember the God that created all of that also created you. Both with purpose. Both with beauty.
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills, will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands”.- Isaiah 55:12