As the weather starts to warm up, the frost thaws out, and the flowers start to bloom you may want to spend more time outdoors. For some, we will take time work on a flower garden, mow the grass, or plant new crops. For others, we will venture outdoors without any true task in mind. Whether you are laboring under the heat of the sun, or you are spending more time enjoying nature, you can find ways to reclaim your outdoor activities as an act of worship.
For those of you who are putting effort into arranging your garden, removing weeds, and caring for the plants you want to grow, you can take a moment to realize that you are carrying on the work that God started on earth. The first task He set forth on through His creation was establishing a garden:
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
As you dig, plant, and prune, you can pause every once in a while to reflect on how you are connecting with the very work God began. Pray through the struggles in your labor, and praise God for the beauty as the garden starts to blossom and take shape you envisioned.
As you get outside and explore nature around your own neighborhood or in a nearby park, the beauty and wonder of the budding flowers and blossoming trees could inspire worship. Even more than just noticing the apparent beauty, have you considered the wonderful design that is all around you? Look at how insects and plants share such an intimate connection. The colors of the leaves attract different insects to promote pollination, the shape and design of leaves make certain plants more suitable for their environment, and yet the big picture still comes together to inspire beauty and wonder.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
The more you observe and understand the intricacies of nature, the more you will see how elegantly God designed His creation. If He put that much care and attention into making diverse creatures around us, consider how much more care and attention He may put into the finer details of your life. As you explore the beauty of nature all around you, take some time to reflect and thank God for His creation.
Get outside more and experience the wonder of God’s creation as your reflect on the beauty of His design. Try listening to some of your favorite worship music as you are surrounded with nature. On the days when you can’t get outside, you might even try reading about how God’s creation reflects His glory through works like God’s Crime Scene or I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. Even Zacchaeus had to climb a tree in order to see Jesus more clearly. What’s your favorite way to connect with God through the wonder of nature?
I began my career with Mardel in 2006, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While I love to write fiction and convey stories through novels, I also have a passion for studying philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I enjoy the faith-building resources available at Mardel, and look forward to sharing what new topics and information I’m learning.