Listen for the light stirring of a breeze within.
Just to my right I could hear the sound of leaves swished together by a light breeze, the same breeze that cooled my skin. Off to my left was a stronger sound as a stream moved from silent pooling water to a small cascading fall. The greens along the path were occasionally flecked with red raspberries – worth stopping for. The smell of the woods in summer was at once both sweet and pungent. Overhead, the sunlight broke through trees in a warm array of cracks and slivers. It was the shade that attracted me as I looked for a place to sit and enjoy the beauty of this wooded path. Something inside me felt the stirring of a light breeze.
Have you ever enjoyed the beauty of a natural setting, and somehow, as it touched all of your senses, felt it also stir within you? The New Testament says that, “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…” (Romans1:20). The invisible qualities, the unseen characteristics of God, can be clearly seen from what he has created. When we take the time to appreciate and observe nature, we can see the divine nature of God.
We can see beauty. In the colors. In leaves, in flowers, in the water, in the sky – even on the surface of a rock. We can see creativity. In the variety of size and shapes; in things that grow, fly, walk, crawl and dig. We can see God’s delight in life and living creatures. We can see as much joy in a bird in flight as in a mole, blind to all daylight, but finding its way anywhere underground. We discover it in the most brightly painted fish, made for God’s own pleasure, hidden from human eyes in the deepest parts of the ocean.
Somehow this life goes on. Plants grow back year after year. Animals continue to live and breathe and reproduce. God’s crowning creation, mankind, continues to reflect his image, with a soul and a will and an ability to love and be loved. Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible attributes, his unseen qualities that so many of us long to see, have been clearly revealed in what he has made. That verse in Romans goes on to say that we are without excuse. No one can say that God was impossible to find. He has revealed his eternal power and his divine nature all around us. What seems invisible can be seen, if we slow down enough to really look.
It’s not that we find God in the trees, in a rock, in the earth, or in the sky; but we can find out what he is like. We can learn something of his nature and we can stand in simple awe of his creative power. We can hear him whisper in the quiet places of our heart. Next time you find yourself enjoying the beauty of nature, listen for the light stirring of a breeze within.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)
Go for a walk outside, or sit alone somewhere outdoors. Listen for the sounds of nature. Notice all the colors, shapes and textures. Smell the scents drifting around you in the air. Feel the breeze on your face. As you enjoy his creation, lift a prayer of thanks to God in your heart for all he has made. Tune in to the stirring of God within you. Take your Bible with you and read Psalm 19.