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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: May 2, 2016.

Nature is actively declaring the goodness and glory of God.

Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands?
Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name and the name of his son?
Tell me if you know!

– Proverbs 30:4

Imagine this scene: you enter the heavenly courtroom and begin to ask questions. The first witness is he wind. You inquire, “Mr. Wind, who gathers you in the hollow of His hand?” And the second witness is the water. You ask, “Mr. Waters, who wraps you in His cloak?” And then the third witness: “Mrs. Earth, who established your domain?” Each answer is the same; it was God. God gives us multiple clues of His existence, both through creation and in His Word. This proverb is a series of questions because the author wants us to think about the strong hand behind the elements we observe.

Yes, God has given nature a practical purpose. The flowers of the field give pollen to bees and bring oxygen into the air (photosynthesis is no accident). But God also displays His creativity through the incredible variety, colors, and beauty of the same flowers. Like these flowers, nature is actively declaring the goodness and glory of God. It is an extension of His grace to us in a tangible way.

When you spend time outside gardening, exercising, or traveling and you have that sense that God is with you and communicating through nature-don’t ignore it. It’s been my experience that some of the closest fellowship with God can happen while resting in awe underneath the sky or close to the ocean He created.

Excerpt republished with permission from Rooted in Grace by Jesse Bradley c. 2012.

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