You are Near.
You gave us Nature to enjoy.
You are Never too busy to listen to us.
Your Name is powerful.
You raise up and bring down Nations and rulers.
You provide for our Needs.
Nothing is too hard for you.
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (Matt. 6:28-30)
Lord, help me to Number my days and seek your wisdom. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Ps. 90:12 KJV)
Nature and the glory of God
The Bible says that the heavens declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1 KJV) and that is so true, isn’t it? When we are away from metropolitan areas with all their lights and we look up at the night sky, the scene is breathtaking. Especially when we think that God hung each star in place and named them.
Psalm 147:4 (ESV) tells us, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”
I love Psalm 8, which includes: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (ESV)
God named each star and how many billions of them are there? And yet he is mindful of each one of us. We have immense value to him.
Many of us feel close to God when we venture out into nature—the outdoors. We watch a mother bird carry, stick by stick, the materials to build her nest in which to house her young ones. We observe a tree, stretching its branches toward the sky, almost seeming to reach for him, its Creator. We enjoy the beauty of a flower that opens to display colors and fragrances that are impossible for man to capture except in photographs. Or we might look up into the sky and realize that this same sky is overhead wherever our faraway loved ones might be in the world.
Nature—the canvas of the greatest Artist ever.
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How does nature reflect God to you?
by Barbara Kois
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Barbara Kois is a freelance writer, editor, author coach, and corporate communication consultant. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, and her family moved to Clifton, New Jersey, and then to Illinois while she was growing up. She has three grown children. She has written or co-written eight books.