What do ocean waves, twittering birds, a majestic Heron, and an ancient village have in common? All of these things are stitched together to usher in the presence of God. God, the creator of all things, masterfully designed all of nature for our enjoyment and pleasure. Nature provides beauty, oxygen, recreation, and most of all refreshment.
Do you recall the feeling you get when you come upon a beautiful waterfall? How about watching the sunset on a breathtaking sandy beach? God created the first man, Adam, out of the earth. It says so in Genesis 2:7…
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
We are a part of nature. We are part of the whole of God’s creation.
God says also in Genesis that man (humanity) are above every other created thing on the earth.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us (God, Holy Spirit). They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Gensis 1:26
Did you notice back in Genesis 2:7 that God breathed into Adam? He gave Adam and all of humanity his breath. When you said yes to Jesus, you got the breath of God breathed into you! You became filled with his spirit. You are not one with nature. You are one with God.
Nature is the beautiful gift that surrounds us, it serves us, when we care for it, it gives us great pleasure, food, and refreshment.
Time for Total Immersion
Now that I’ve set the scene and primed your senses, let’s take a journey together into a story that God – the Holy Spirit – inspired me with. It’s lush with the sounds of nature. It’s full of his wisdom. It’s full of his incomparable peace. It’s called The Lily.
It starts at the beginning of a fresh morning after an evening rain, follows a mother fox and her babies, kisses the dew-laden lily in the sun.
Get into a quiet space. Click the play button. Close your eyes. Let God refresh you.
Inspiration for the Lily is also found in Matthew 6:28
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?