In A Nutshell | May 12, 2023

Witnessing the Beauty of God’s Creation from up on the Hill

As I gaze out of my office window, I am mesmerized by the brilliant yellow-green pasture just beyond the Mykrantz’s Farm. I have never witnessed such a spectacular sight. I thought I heard someone say that it was “granola,” but what they actually said, I think, was that it was “canola” (as in cooking oil). Whatever it is, it certainly serves as a reminder of just how beautiful God’s creation can be. 

Equally breathtaking in recent months have been the skies above with brilliant blues, whites, oranges, grays, and several other shades, along with an occasional rainbow after a thunderstorm. And what about the cloudless night sky that reveals the bright stars above? Nothing can match the simple but majestic beauty of nature, captured so eloquently in Psalm 19:1, which states, “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Indeed, God speaks to us through nature in ways that stir the soul and lift the spirit, causing even the non-believer to pause, look skyward, and conclude that there is a God after all. This gives us an opportunity to initiate a conversation with others — even complete strangers — about our faith. Perhaps some simple small talk could lead to a testimony of faith that enlightens and inspires another.

Secondly, it is vital that we recognize the fragile nature of our planet and the finite supply of the resources we enjoy. Pollution and climate change have become hot-button political issues, but there is really nothing political about either. Isaiah 24:5 states that “the earth is defiled by its people; [we] have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.

Let’s reverse that trend! In fact, let us set the tone for a re-awakening of environmental stewardship. It’s not political; it’s responsible, and not only does it benefit future generations, but it also solidifies the covenant with our creator while bringing honor and glory to His Name.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed!

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