Romans 1:19-25 (ESV)
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Yesterday, as I was sitting in the woods waiting for a deer to come by, it was quiet. Really quiet. You could hear the slightest breeze, and the occasional chunk of snow fall off a tree branch, hitting brush below. The sun was shining, and although it was cold, the glory of it all did not escape my notice. I had a praise song continually running through my mind. Even though I did not see any deer, it was a wonderful time. To be in the woods, listening to the occasional bird, or squirrel, geese flying overhead, enjoying the snow, was wonderful. I spend a great deal of time when I am hunting, marveling at the handiwork of God. Yes, it is nice when I get to harvest an animal for food, but it is also nice just to be away from phones, television, computers, etc. I just enjoy being out in God’s wonderful creation.
I do not want to be like those Paul describes above that worship created things instead of the Creator. I revel in creation, but it I praise the creator Who made it. I love the beauty, the symmetry, the way all of creation has a balance and a purpose, and it all works together – except ticks – I don’t understand the ticks. But that is another issue.
So if you have time, take a walk in the woods, or better, go a ways in, and sit on a stool, and just listen, marvel at God’s creation. Enjoy His handiwork. If you don’t know of a good place to go just to be quiet, ask a hunter for a good place. I am certain he or she will be able to direct you to a nice quiet place. Take your Bible, or not, or a Psalm to meditate on. Enjoy the quiet. Let the glory of God wash over you while you admire His creation.
by Virgil Stripes