This past weekend I went on a ten-mile hike with some friends in Compton, Arkansas, and was completely blown away at all of the beauty that God has created. If you ever forget just how amazing He can be, go spend some time in His nature. Yes, that means turning off the television, not having cellphone service, and getting some exercise, but let me tell you it is well worth it. That being said, I thought I’d share a little about my trip and brag on God just a little bit.
Some of the highlights about the hike were crossing a 300 foot tall cliff that was only four-foot wide in certain spots (talk about scary), crossing a rushing river with waist deep water, and seeing a 200 foot tall waterfall gushing with water from a heavy rain on the last day of our hike. But throughout the entirety of our trip I just kept thinking, “Holy cow, God. You made all of this?” It seemed like every turn we took there was some new beautiful rock formation, miniature waterfall along a creek, or spectacular view. Throughout the Bible, many people were in sheer awe of God’s power, creation, and sovereignty.
Isaiah 66:1 says, “This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” Just one verse later He says, “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”
I feel like these two verses are God’s rebuttal to my constant awe this weekend. They are a reminder of His powerful sovereignty that no one else can even come close to. So at times when I question His existence (if we’re being honest, we all question at times) He is always there saying, “Hey, just take a look around. I made all of this, I’m sovereign over all, and I’ve got your back.” This weekend really put my perception of God’s power in perspective. I mean if God can craft everything I saw this weekend in 7 days, surely He’s got control over my life. At times I feel like my life is insignificant compared to the 7 billion others on this earth, like God may not have time for me. But this weekend reminded me of His omnipresence. He is everywhere at once, time is irrelevant to Him, and He has complete control over not only my life, but everyone else’s too.
If you guys ever lose sight of God’s presence on this earth, go spend some time in nature. Our modern culture can be very distracting at times and detracts from our perception of God. Culture tells us to make ourselves as busy as possible. It tells us to work our lives away so we can buy more stuff to impress people we don’t know. It tells us to focus more on ourselves than others. It tells us to indulge ourselves in worldly sins. Get the picture? We live in a messed up world where it is so easy to get distracted. But spending time walking through God’s creation will put things in perspective. Living in simplicity for a couple of days may seem scary at first. I mean how can we possibly live without our television, cellphones, and laptops for more than a couple of hours at a time??? Trust me, it’s possible. Take the plunge and get away from distractions for a little while and see what it does to your relationship with Christ.