God's Presence in Nature?
My Obligatory Spiel on Nature
Hi. I’m Kristal Miller.
After years of being asked about my radiant glow and happiness I am thrilled to share my secret with you.
It’s called nature.
If used frequently, nature has been shown to produce amazing results such as:
- Increased levels of vitamin D
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increased self-esteem
- Decreased stress levels
- Decreased symptoms of depression
- And much more!
Nature is meant to be enjoyed on a daily basis and works best when enjoyed with others.
“But what if I don’t need nature?” you say?
Believe me, you do!
Side effects of nature may include but are not limited to:
- Breathing fresh air
- Interaction with other human beings
- Walking on ground that’s not made of concrete
- Being disconnected from electronics
Nature, it’s not just an Instagram pic.
In All Seriousness, I Love The Outdoors.
Being that it's currently the middle of winter here in Virginia and the beginning of a strenuous semester in college, I do not get to spend as much time outside as I'd like (props to those who continue to spend time outside in winter!). The outdoors has always been a sort of "home away from home" for me. My parents were firm believers of children spending most of the day outside and not coming home until dinner was ready. The door would remain locked until we were allowed back in. It sounds like terrible parenting but I turned out okay right?
So my love for the outdoors began at an early age. In my recent years I have rediscovered my passion for spending time in nature. I go on walks with my dog at local parks, I went on several "nature trips" for an ecology class that really spurred me towards my decision to change my degree to conservation and ecology, I love to go camping and hiking, I enjoy my drive to and from school because I get to see the sun rise and sun set, and I was introduced to an awesome outdoor hobby called geocaching that gets me outside and into nature, exploring places I wouldn't have found otherwise.
Listen to our conversation on God and nature:
So Where Is God In All Of This?
Can God's existence be found in nature? Maybe.
There are those that think that God's existence can only be found through his word, but I disagree. I read his word, I occasionally pray, I attend church, and I surround myself by people of God. God's presence is most prevalent to me outside of the bible and a church building.
When I'm driving to and from school every day I see the sun set and I see the sun rise. It's an incredible sight to witness. It's absolutely beautiful and I can't help but wonder how it came to be. The way everything works together is so complex that sometimes I think it has to have some sort of intelligent design behind it. From the rising and setting of the sun, gravity keeping us grounded, the way everything on earth seems to just work together and coexist. It all just makes me wonder.
I cannot emphasize enough how important nature is. If nature is Gods creation and we are to be stewards of earth we need to be mindful of how we impact it. Get out there and see for yourselves.
As a church, there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature and help keep the Earth as it should be:
- Start a recycling program
- Pick up trash along your church's street and/or adopt a road and maintain trash pick-up
- Organize a hiking/fishing trip for a day
- Have a Sunday service in a local park on a nice day
- Organize a group to grow and maintain a vegetable garden
- Organize a night for star gazing/bonfire
- Plant trees
- Replace lighting with energy efficient lightbulbs
While I don't believe God interacts with my personal life, I do think there is a possibility that God could have created the world and took a step back. I am by no means an expert on nature and how nature and God go together, so this blog is just a few of my thoughts and opinions on something I am fascinated with.
Below is Psalm 104. I realize it is a long piece of scripture but the whole thing is needed to really capture the meaning of all of God's creation. Treat the earth as if it were your own because God owns it.