LOVE SPEAKS | Through Creation & Nature

“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20

God speaks to us in many ways. God speaks through His Word – The Bible and we discussed the importance of the Love Story of God in Scripture last week. This week we will look at how God speaks to us through Creation. I personally have had some of my most powerful worship experiences in natural surroundings. In my 20’s I worked at a Christian Camp called Star Lake Wilderness Camp. We would worship at the beach around the fire, in an old TeePee and an outdoor chapel. We would sing songs, tell stories, hear testimonies and even share communion outdoors. We would also just lay at the beach at night and stare up at the stars. I saw God’s presence and heard God’s voice everywhere. God called me into ministry through wilderness experiences. One major conversation with God was on a mountain top in Montana that included some thunder and lightning. I was reminded of God’s awesome power.

Creation and nature are powerful reminders of God and the gift of this world He gave us. Creation is amazing. It points to God and His love for us. We have to remember to not worship creation but instead The Creator who gave us the world and everything in it. Deb and I love hiking the trails of Sedona, Arizona. The beautiful Red Rocks draw us into his presence as we see wade through streams climb Cathedral Rock. We encounter some on the trails who believe Vortexes and other things are God in nature. This “New Age” faith is an older tradition called pantheism. Pantheism or the worship of nature was alive and well during the time of Jesus and the early church. We are called to care for and steward creation but not to worship it.

As we look at the power and presence of God revealed through CREATION this week may God speak to you. Take some time this week to enjoy being outside (yes even in Minnesota in the winter.). May we continue to see God all around us as we hear His voice. May we also care for the creation he has given us.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn