It’s interesting to note that the ancient world loved imagery. In fact, rabbis in the near east would not use theological terms like we do today to describe God. While we employ descriptors like the Lord is omniscient or omnipresent, back then, teachers made statements like “God is my Rock” or “The Lord is a wellspring of life.” Perhaps this is because they knew that the best way to connect human hearts with the character and attributes of Yahweh was to compare Him to things that He had created — those that could be seen and observed with the senses. Since nature doesn’t change, I believe that this method of learning about the Lord is as equally as powerful today. One of the most effective means of getting to know our Creator is by beholding His creation. Everything we see in front of us, whether a tree, the sky, or the sea, reflects some aspect of the One who fashioned it, and this is important for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s an encouragement to remember that even in the midst of a season that finds many of us in limbo, our faithful Father never changes. Like the trees and mountains that have stood firm through the centuries, the world’s natural landscape teaches us about the steadfastness of our Lord. Since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He is always working out His good purpose. Second, it’s a challenge to us to use this time at a slower pace to purposefully learn about other aspects of our Savior through nature.
My friend, though not knowing what the future holds is tough, I encourage you to keep embracing the opportunity to grow closer to Jesus in the midst of uncertainty. As you spend your days nearer to home, make it a point to get outside and behold the beauty of creation. Take time to gaze at the grandeur of the sky and marvel at the intricate detail of the smallest flower, bird, or bee. Recognize that there is divine order in everything and ask the Lord how He wants to reveal Himself to you through it. Your Savior is all around you, and He is delighted to show you His majesty and glory as you open your heart to the power of His presence.