||40days|| week four: listen in Creation

Our ||40days|| journey through Lent continues this fourth week with attention to our theme: ‘listen’. In previous weeks, we have looked at the journey of Lent, the need to acknowledge things in our lives, and then to turn from them.

Today, with the focus on listening to God, we look at listening to God in Creation. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 19:1:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

The psalmist tells us that skies actually speak of God’s glory. Look out the window right now, if you have the chance. Take a look at the endless blue that stretches over your head. If there are clouds, consider the intricacies of light and shadow that are merely a conglomeration of condensed moisture floating on the air currents. See the tops of trees that scratch the skies with their outstretched limbs. Each of these elements of nature speak forth God’s power and creativity.

If Creation speaks of God, then we may want to take time to listen to it. Now, I am not saying that we should get in touch with ‘Mother Nature’ or listen to the heartbeat of the earth. Although the created order is wonderful and majestic, to bow down in worship of it does not really get us anywhere.

What I am saying, however, is this: all of the created order speaks of the grandeur of God and we should pay attention to what it tells us about Him. Even now, it is worth turning from the hustle and bustle of the day, to step outside in the air, feel the currents of wind on your cheeks, take in the sunshine, and ask God to speak to you through the work of His hands. As Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Rome:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. (Romans 1:20, NIV)

The other day, I came across this time-lapse video of the night sky over the Dakotas that shows the wonder and majesty of God displayed in the heavens. Maybe this will give you a glimpse of God’s majesty.

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