Monday, April 7, 2014

Dancing trees

Dancing Trees
 
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”  Romans 1:20  NLT


 
He helped me notice God everywhere.

He loved his rock.  It was an unassuming rock, not much bigger than a pebble.  I’d say it was about the size of large marble.  It was your usual dirty brown with a hint of gray.  There were no sharp edges or any markings to distinguish it from other rocks found by the side of the road.  But it was his rock.  Every day when we went for a walk he’d pick it up and carry it with him.  When we got back he’d set it on the front stoop until the next day and repeat the same thing.  He was only 1 at the time.  One day his rock wasn’t there and he searched and searched for it until he found it.  He never played much with “toys”.  Even at this young age he loved nature.

At 3, he'd just love to run around outside. If it was raining out, he'd watch it rain through the window and beg to go out. 

As he grew, nature drew him in even more.  When other kids were playing Legos he was outside hiking, fishing, star gazing, canoeing, or just about anything else he could do outside.  He even camped in a tent in the cold of winter and loved it.  That is where he found God first and last.

This was our son, David, who talked about a tree at his graduation from a halfway house just days before he passed away.  He’d go under that tree, sit in the cold of winter, and talk with God. 

I already had a deep appreciation for nature but he showed me even more of God’s wonder.  We often don’t think of pointing people to God through nature.  David showed me that nature shouts God’s message everywhere you look.  From the dancing trees in the picture above to David’s little rock, nature shows man God’s “invisible qualities of eternal power and divine nature”. 

This Easter season look for God to show himself through nature in a new way. Pray that you and others see God beyond the, "Wow, what a cool sunset." Not that the sunset isn't cool, however, it is quickly forgotten.  See his divine nature and eternal power everywhere.  Pray that others are pointed to God through nature and that they would praise God, not nature.


Pray:  Lord, help others see you through nature all around them and help us point others to you through nature.



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