The Great Outdoors

I must confess: I’m not much of an outdoorsman. I don’t play golf, hunt deer, or catch walleye. The majority of my exercise takes place at the YMCA, I’ve never gone bird watching, and my idea of camping consists of a week at Flaming Pine. Yet I always find something about the outdoors that amazes me. Something that takes my breath away.

Maybe it’s the tranquility of a lake at 7:00 AM. Or the subtle movement of clouds through a late afternoon sky. Or perhaps the winter sun meticulously melting ice on my windshield. And who doesn’t marvel at the soothing sound of a hummingbird?

Take a look at your surroundings right now. How are you experiencing the splendor of God’s creation? It’s easy to take things for granted. “I’m sitting outside – big deal. I do this every day. And there are thousands of lakes in Minnesota. And the green grass at home? That just means I need to mow it later today…”

Don’t get caught in this trap. It’s indeed a beautiful world. And God created it. The universe did not simply show up out of nothing one day. We know that every creation needs a creator, and the Creator of the universe happens to be the same Creator who gave you life. What a gift!

Let us never downplay the significance of the very first verse in the Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If you don’t believe that, there’s really no point in reading the rest of the book. The next verse is fascinating as well: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The earth was full of darkness until God filled it. And He continues to fill it today! Though His creatures have tried hard to ruin this incredible shining ball of blue we call our home, make no mistake: nothing we experience in the “great outdoors” is possible without God. He painted a brilliant picture for us to enjoy. I pray that you take some time this week to intentionally seek His presence as you welcome the summer sun.

To quote Job, “In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind” (12:10). Think about that. Your life is in the hands of God, and every breath you take is granted by Him. The very God who created the heavens and the earth.

In His Name,

-Matt

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