get outside

995314_10151446292781231_350854841_nIn what way do you like to interact with God’s creation?  Do you appreciate and enjoy all that His hands have made?  Maybe you’re a beach-lover like I am and can spend endless hours along the seashore pondering the grandeur of God.  Or, do you feel at home in the mountains enjoying His peaceful presence while hiking wooded trails?

Today I was thankful for another opportunity to go on a run in my favorite park.  Amongst the trees, birds and turtles, I was found offering up praises for God’s goodness to me.  There’s something so soul-satisfying about taking an hour to focus on my Savior’s love.  I come away feeling refreshed and confident of my place in His heart.

One of the most striking encounters that I have had with the Lord while enjoying His handiwork was during a time of pre-dawn meditation on the Word of God.  I was seated on my covered back porch when the loud noise in the trees interrupted my solitude.  The squirrels were uncharacteristically chatty, so I stepped down into the backyard to take a closer look.  When I came out from the porch’s covering, the sight of the full moon sitting low in the sky took my breath away.  I was mesmerized.  I heard the Spirit speak: You have no glory of your own, but you reflect My glory.

God used that big, beautiful moon, a heavenly sphere that has no light of its own, to teach me a scriptural truth:  Anything of any worth, wonder or glory is from God and not me (2 Corinthians 4:7).

For 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, so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:20).

Artwork used with permission of artist, Rhonda O’Donnell.

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