Written by: Jennifer Dennis
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When God started his work of creation, the very first thing he created was our natural environment – light, the sky, land, seas, plants, trees, then the Sun, Moon, and stars, animals from the sky and sea, land animals and finally, human beings. Indeed, all of nature was there before us and, in its original and pure form. It was and is a manifestation of God’ glory and desire to provide human beings and all living things with a home. Throughout the Bible, the beauty and majesty of nature appear in memorable passages. Nature is a powerful reminder that God is all around us. For many, it is easier to feel His presence more strongly when gazing at the magnificent exponents of His power.
Going into Nature to Feel Closer to God
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands,” says Isaiah 55:12 and indeed, God meant the Great Outdoors to be a healing spot for human beings; one where they could feel closer to Him while strengthening their body and mind. Americans spend almost 90% of their time indoors, which means that many miss out on the healing, stress-busting effects of Nature. Studies have shown that simply being in a green setting can calm nerves and lower stress hormone levels yet for some reason, most people don’t give themselves the time they need to disconnect.
Embracing Outdoor Experiences Together
Families wishing to feel closer to God can embrace outdoor adventures such as camping, trekking, and swimming, taking time at the end of the day to gather together in prayer. Camping offers a unique moment in which to enjoy a family Bible reading, share one’s interpretation of different passages, and commit to the Christian way of life. During the day, they can take part in a host of activities that will make them feel more confident in the Great Outdoors. Parents and children can learn outdoor survival techniques like how to start a fire, make their own shelter, and purify water with a filter or purifier. As they gain more skills and take part in fun adventure activities, they can feel less reliant on material things, electronics, and screens, and realize that all they need to enjoy themselves thoroughly has already been given to them by God.
Opening Your Senses to the Beauty of Nature
God leaves messages of His love and glory in so many aspects of nature that human beings can take for granted. This is why, when you visit a forest, seaside, or valley, it can feel immensely fulfilling to open your body, mind, and spirit to the beauty that surrounds you. The next time you visit a beautiful natural setting, try opening all your senses to its beauty. If you head to the beach, go at sunrise or sunset, when it seems like this piece of Paradise is all yours and your family’s. Feel the warm sand beneath your feet, listen to the sound of waves crashing on the short, touch the water and the sand and build beautiful castles and sand art with your children. Taste the saltiness of the water and, before you leave, feel the sense of gratefulness that the Christian faith embraces.
Before creating human beings, God created nature and all its life-sustaining features. Nature is at once a reminder of the Divine and a source of life on Earth. Human beings who spend time in nature can experience its healing and relaxing benefits. They can also find the perfect place in which to pray, talk to God, and thank Him for his generosity with human beings.
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