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Great Outdoors: A Path to Spiritual Renewal

Nov 16, 2023

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

Step outside—two small words that could transform your day or even your perspective. Detach yourself momentarily from the hustle and bustle of technology, and immerse yourself in nature’s intimacy. Find inspiration in the autumn leaves or the song of the birds. Study the sky and the ever-changing canvas of clouds. If it’s raining, especially after a period of drought, take a moment to express gratitude for the life-giving precipitation.

Reflect on the words of Job 12:7-10, “Ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish in the sea inform you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

When we perceive and appreciate the beauty in God’s creation, we truly appreciate God. If you’re working from home, try to step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Experience the simple joy of walking barefoot on the grass. Remember that cabin fever is real and can be combated with time outdoors. If you’re returning home from work, resist the urge to retreat indoors. Instead, make your outdoor space an inviting sanctuary where you enjoy spending time. Commit to devoting a portion of each week to the outdoors and the revitalizing fresh air. You’ll be thankful for it!

Guiding Points:

Call to Action

Let God’s creation rejuvenate your spirit and refresh your enthusiasm. Remember, stepping outside is much more than just an escape—it’s a doorway to appreciation, gratitude, and deeper connection with our Creator. Make this a priority and witness its transformative impact on your life.

“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom, you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy” (Psalm 96:11-12).

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:4-5).

Prayer

Father God, thank You for the many gifts we find in nature. It is through these gifts that we realize how close You truly are. Your eye is on the sparrow, and we know You are also watching over us. Help us to take the time to soak it all in and appreciate the beauty surrounding us. We love the way You love us, Lord! In Your name, we pray, Amen!

A Comforting Closure

Rest assured, amidst the ever-changing rhythm of life, God’s comforting presence remains constant and His masterful control over all of creation is a soothing reminder of His unfailing love and care for us.

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