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Message from Neighborhood Church: Let’s get outside

Romans 1:20 For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse.

Psalms 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

Yes, let’s get outside! Kristi and I are up at Hume Lake Christian Camps with our church. The camp is nestled in Kings Canyon National Park. It is beautiful. The majesty of both the ponderosa pines (that smell like vanilla! Yes, I sniff trees and that amazing aroma reminds me of God’s attention to detail and the fun He must have had creating it all) and the humongous redwood trees. Looking up at those redwoods reminds me of the grandeur of God and His efficient design. These giant trees have a unique structure that not only pulls water from its vast root system but draws it all the way up to the top of each tree. There are no pumps or irrigation pipes, just God’s perfect design of the tree. I also love the look of those mountain ferns that God placed to bring that light green color to the canvas of His creation. I also love the mist that hovers over the lake in the morning. It reminds me not only of the glory-mist of God that filled the temple back in ancient times (see 2 Chronicles 5:13-14) but also the covering of God the Holy Spirit who is like a mist that hovers over and around our lives (see John 14:16-17, 26). Wow! WOW! Nature reveals God. Read again Romans 1:20.

Last night the night sky was incredible! The heaven burst out with millions of twinkling stars. It takes my breath away. The vastness of God is seen. He is without limit or end. He is eternal. He is huge, grand, oh and all powerful. Oh, how awesome is He!

Not only in the vastness of the sky but in the littlest of His creations there are lessons to be learned.

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Yes, getting outside broadens our perspective and connects us once again to our Creator. We have been cooped up too long. We need to get outside and revel in God’s creation. Go out to a park. Take a hike. Sit in your backyard and take in the wonder of your plants. Enjoy the magnificence of all that God has made. Let’s get outside!

Lord, thank You for all You created. Help me see You and enjoy what You have made.