What is even more amazing is how God’s power is tempered with tenderness, revealed in beauty and intricate design. Consider, for example, how the laws of mathematics infuse the created world: Fibonacci’s sequence revealed in the spiral of a nautilus shell, the Golden Mean displayed in the concentric circles of seeds in a blooming sunflower, and fractal patterns that adorn each unique snowflake! And so in awe we sing, “All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly / Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee.” This marvelous beauty draws us to worship the true source of all beauty: “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies . . . Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”
• God is the sustainer of all life. Psalm 65:9–13 paints a beautiful picture of God’s sustenance of life; from quarks and electrons to beating hearts, God is the ultimate source of being and Christ himself “holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:17). Indeed, “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NIV). As we spend time in nature, we are reminded that like all living things, our life—our next breath, our next step—is entirely dependent upon God’s sovereignty and sustenance. And so we sing, “All that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care; And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.”
• We can uniquely experience God’s presence in nature. Walks outdoors. Digging deep into garden soil. Staring at clouds. Bird-watching. Sitting still to observe a sunset. As we spend time outdoors in God’s world, we learn to quiet our hearts and seek God’s presence through a kind of listening-prayer; we’re drawn by nature’s beauty to join in the created world’s worship of God; and we begin to sense in a special way the truth that God is present. Our perspective is recalibrated, our sense of who we’re made to be and who we’re meant to trust is put right, and our hearts and minds are quieted enough truly to “hear” from God. And so we can sing, “This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair; / In the rustling grass I hear Him pass; / He speaks to me everywhere.”
How have you experienced God’s power, beauty, and presence in nature? What in nature most draws you to God? How does God’s created world inspire you to worship him?