My family went to Mt. St. Helens this week. It was a perfect day, 72 degrees even on the mountain. Such a great time to introduce my husband and my baby to a favorite childhood destination, as well as a return visit for my mom and me! We ended the trip at Coldwater Lake, a glorious example of God’s intimacy with nature. Of all the pictures I took, this is one of my favorites. It’s not the quality that drives this point home in my mind as much as the reason behind it. I enjoy taking photographs from perspectives that are not often thought about, so I took a photo looking up at a 5 inch high wildflower. I smiled to myself, imagining a furry mouse sunning himself on his back, oblivious to the cares of the world as he watched the petals and branches above sway lazily in the breeze.
I took the picture and caught up with my family, the my hurried steps echoing on the brilliantly accessible concrete path. My husband and I began passing the stroller between us, ours son’s second favorite game next to peek-a-boo. Somewhere in this carefree bliss, the thought dropped like a bomb in my heart and simultaneously boggled my mind: God’s perspective.
He was there under that flower when I took the picture, looking up at his creation with a smile. At the same time, He was in a storm that occurred in the Mediterranean Sea, He was looking through a glacier in Antarctica at an insect He created now frozen for Millennia, resting in the corner of Buckingham Palace with a missed spider, in the bottom of the ocean viewing creation yet to be discovered, in the core of an atom of a newborn tree kangaroo in New Guinea; God is in every place all of the time. For the first time I saw this in it’s fullness, not with eyes of fear, but reverent awe and praise, as creation itself is doing.
I cannot fully grasp this concept, but if I believe it even with a tiny mustard seed of belief, He must indeed be willing to take care of me. The Bible shares His love for us in so many ways, several of which I have yet to discover. One of the main ways Gods speaks to me is through nature. Here are 2 of my favorites. He feeds the sparrow, and he clothes the grass of the field (Matthew 6). Romans 1:20 NLT states: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” I believe that God’s wondrous creation points us to the Creator. From there as we get to know Him better, He continues to share lessons with us of His goodness in so many powerful ways. I am so grateful that I understood the grace of God more fully this week through the comfort of His omnipresence. I hope in this season you are able to go out and explore God’s goodness and beauty through His creation as well.