“Go outside daily.” Those exact words arrived in a recent email sent to me by my doctor’s office. I’d already heard them dozens of times though. All the experts, and those who aren’t, want us to get outside for physical and mental benefit. So, I won’t re-beat the drum sending us outdoors I will, though, add a dimension that no list I’ve seen has highlighted — and I think it’s the most valuable reason to go outside or look out the window.

Nature speaks of God.

Consider what the Bible tells us. It’s all so good I don’t want you to miss anything. So can you read the following verses out loud? Take your device outside (if you can) and read them. Blame it on me if your family or roommate looks at you strangely — or just invite them to join you.

If it’s daylight, read this passage:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours our speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” -Psalm 19:1-6

If it’s night, read this passage and look at the stars (hosts):
“To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.” -Isaiah 40:25-26.

Stop and perceive God — as you feel the raindrop on your cheek, or notice the color of the flower, or marvel at the shape of a cloud. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20).

As you read the verses, did you notice the tension? On the one hand, God cannot be missed! Yet on the other hand, are we fully hearing? Isaiah calls us to actively lift up our eyes and see the “who” behind the brightness and glory of the creation. So may I add a brief habit to your daily trip, or glance, outside? As you touch the knob to open the door, reach for the car door handle or lift the window, will you take 15 seconds and figuratively or literally “look and see”? Stare at the expanse of the sky, touch the leaf on a bush, pause as the wind brushes your cheek -— or tries to blow you over. After all, we do live in Texas. Notice the voice of the one sending a picture of His divine nature — power, creativity, kindness and more. Whisper a “thank you” or “wow” to Him, smile and continue with your day.

Something about a glimpse of the creation tends to grip us. It’s supposed to, anyway. Some habits don’t help — like brushing aside the voice of God to get to the next thing. Some habits do — like taking a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the God nature can’t help but portray. It lifts my soul. It can do the same for you.

 

Kathy Harrelson

 

 

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