My family just returned from a wonderful week at the beach. The salt, the sun, the sea – it was all just so peaceful and relaxing. The time to have fellowship with our family and meet new friends was such a blessing.
The small, family friendly beach we visit in Florida was a little more crowded this year. The traffic from Mobile, Alabama to Florida’s Emerald Coast was also much heavier than in years past. Naturally, I began to think of all the people around me and what draws them and us to the beach.
These people all around us could have gone to a big city for their vacation or an amusement park or used the money for a big shopping spree at the mall…but, instead, they are choosing to bask in God’s creation. They are voluntarily selecting things not made by human hands to enjoy, to recharge, and to relax.
For believers, we know He created all things and can see His handiwork all around us. I, personally, love to see God in nature. His presence and His majesty is all around us. It fills us with awe and wonder at His power and His being.
What about unbelievers? I feel they are drawn for the same reasons only they don’t realize it yet. We are all born with a need and a desire for God’s presence. For believers, we know where we can find it. For unbelievers, they are searching, looking, and seeking for something to fill their hearts. This is what calls us to experience His creation.
I don’t know how anyone can stand on the beach and look out over endless water and waves and question God’s existence. He is so real, so present, and loves to delight us with His work. He speaks to us through the beauty all around us – it reveals His glory to us.
Psalms 95: 5 NIV, “The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” He made it all – for you and for me. He wants us to enjoy the earth and all its majesty. He delights in gifting us beautiful things made by His hands.
Psalms 42:7 NIV, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”
Father God, we love You and we know You love us. It is evident all around us in the beauty of Your creation. We may wrestle some days with fleshly stress and worry, but we know Your presence is all around us. It is calling to us just as “deep calls to deep”. Help us to slow down and savor Your majesty. Open our eyes to see Your glory. Open our hearts to feel your presence. Let us drink deeply from the beauty You have freely given to us, so that we may experience Your love, Your peace, and Your power. We give thanks to You for your creation and for giving it to us. Help us to appreciate it more each day and to see You in every tree, every cloud, and every star. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.
The Psalmist asks in 42:2, “When can I go and meet with God?” We know we can meet with God anywhere, but do you have a special place in nature that you especially feel God’s presence? For me, it is near the water. It may be a creek, a river, or the Pacific Ocean. God’s presence is so real to me near the water. My parents just returned from a two week road trip to Yellowstone. The mountains proclaims His majesty too. His handiwork is visible from the forests to the hills to the plains. We just have to open our eyes to see it.
What speaks to you? You don’t have to embark on a road trip to find something. His presence can be seen in your front yard, alongside the road, or even within the walls of your home. Let’s share where we see His glory and encourage one another to seek Him. He’s calling you right now.