Have you ever asked God to help you see him in every aspect of your day?
After my early morning quiet time, I often continue my day with a walk. I know there are other forms of exercise that would burn more calories, but I love walking and adore nature because it reminds me of our imaginative Creator.
As I turn the corner out of neighborhood, I generally say hello to this bunny. He’s getting used to me and does not run when I get near him anymore. We exchange our hellos then I move on. Did you know that the American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes forty-eight different breeds of rabbits? Rabbits can run up to forty-five miles per hour and can literally see behind them. Their range of vision spans 360 degrees. Rabbits are one small piece of God’s complex, creative design.
Squirrels are everywhere. I like squirrels, but in our old house, a group of squirrels broke into our attic, had a squirrel party and destroyed part of our home insulation. I’ve forgiven them for that escapade. There are over 200 species of squirrels in the world. According to the National Wildlife Association, a squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing, they zig-zag to avoid predators, and squirrels may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves. No one said they were dumb!
I occasionally see a roadrunner, but I haven’t been able to take a photo of him yet. Too fast!
Then I also bask in the beauty of my favorite trees, Crepe Myrtles, lining our main neighborhood street, and blooming in living color. Our heavenly Father created fifty species of Crepe Myrtles and they carry symbolism. “Many world cultures assign meaning to the myrtle blossom to include beauty, love, paradise, and immortality. In biblical times, the myrtle blossom symbolized sweetness, justice, divine generosity, peace God’s promise and recovery. Zechariah’s vision of horsemen, angels and God among the myrtle trees reinforced God’s promise that the returned exiles would be prosperous” (Godasagardener.com). Did you know all that about a Crepe Myrtle?
So when I take my walk, I praise God for providing a beautiful landscape and an interesting creation for us to enjoy. I see His hand in the design of every creature, every tree and each beautiful flower. I am in awe most mornings.
That’s why it is difficult for me to understand atheism. How can anyone doubt that there is a designer behind our intricate surroundings? If animals could talk, the Bible says they’d confirm this truth.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10).
Nature is one way to know God is real, but let’s also ask Him to reveal Himself in the rest of our day: at the grocery store, in our meetings, and inside our homes. If we open our eyes to God’s presence throughout the day, then I believe we’ll be more joyful, have more strength when people fail us, and we’ll understand that our Creator is always close at hand. After all, you are his most treasured creation.
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