God has and uses countless ways to reveal Himself to us and to begin relationships with us. Nature is one way God uses and it talks to all our senses all the time. When our hearts are open, God can impress us with the things He has created for us. When our ears are open, we will be able to hear and understand God speaking to us through nature. The green grasslands, the tall forests, the beautiful flowers, and the awesomeness of heaven all speak to our hearts, inviting us to learn more about the Creator of our world.
Jesus chose to illustrate many of life’s lessons through nature. Trees, birds, flowers, hills, lakes, and the grand sky, as well as our experiences in life all connect with spiritual truth, and this is to help keep our minds connected with God while we are busy with life.
God desires us to take time away to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature in the earthly home He created for us. God loves beauty, and more than nature’s beauty, He loves inner beauty, reflected in our characters. He desires us to simplify life and learn to listen.
If we will learn to listen, God’s creation will teach us truths about obedience and trust. Looking into the night sky, we see stars and planets that orbit in a logical and predictable way. These heavenly bodies travel along their predefined path. This order and precision carries all the way down to the tiniest atom, and the logical order of its working parts. God cares for everything He has created. God the Creator of planets and worlds that we could only dream of in space, is at the same time interested in the small birds that sing their sweet songs with no fear. God looks down from heaven on all of humanity, from the richest to the poorest, through the daily activities of working, sleeping, and eating, He sees us and He cares for us dearly. No one anywhere on earth can shed a tear without God seeing it, and at the same time, no one can share a smile without Him noticing.
If we just choose to believe this, then all ‘unnecessary’ anxiety would vanish. We would not fill our lives with disappointing thoughts, because we would give everything, both the big things and the small things, over to God who is not confused by our dilemmas, or unsure of which actions to take. After we have given our worries over to the only one who can solve our problems, we should then relax and enjoy the gift of peace from God—a peace in our spirit that people who do not know God long to experience.
As we look at the incredible things happening in today’s world, think of what the world to come will look like when there is no sin, death, and when nature will be restored to its full potential. Imagine, for a moment, what it might be like living there, and then realize that it will be more awesome than your imagination can describe. In the diversity represented in nature, we see into the glory and glimpse a tiny piece of the creativity of God. We read, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Next week, we will continue looking at how we can grow our relationship with God by learning more about Him.
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