Connect with God through something in nature that you particularly enjoy!
Nature—God’s Other Book
By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, CQ Editor
Many of us spend a great deal of time indoors. Four walls hide us away in all types of buildings. Then there are the various forms of transportation that further disconnect us from the blue sky and sunshine. How easy it is, then, to forget that the Bible begins and ends with descriptions of the natural world (Gen. 1:1; Rev. 22:1‒5), and that in between, references to God’s handiwork abound. What do some of these references teach us about Him and His plans for us? Following are some examples.
Nature teaches us about God’s grace.1 “ ‘But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous’ ” (Matt. 5:44, 45, NIV).
Nature teaches us about God’s faithfulness in caring for us.2 “ ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matt. 6:28‒32, NIV).
Nature teaches us about good work habits.3 “Four things on earth are small, / yet they are extremely wise: / Ants are creatures of little strength, / yet they store up their food in the summer; / hyraxes are creatures of little power, /yet they make their home in the crags; / locusts have no king, / yet they advance together in ranks; / a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces" (Prov. 30:24‒28, NIV).
Think for a minute about an aspect of nature you especially appreciate. What does it teach you about God? Consider other ways in which nature helps you connect with Him. Finally, turn off the electronic device you are using to read this column. Then go out and connect with God through something in nature that you particularly enjoy!
1. See “Nature’s Part in God’s Perfect Plan,” http://bible.org/seriespage/natures-part-gods-perfect-plan-psalm-19-romans-818-25-isaiah-6517-25 (accessed May 9, 2013).