"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
I acquired a love for the outdoors at a very young age before I could read or write. I never had a fear of the woods as I would often retreat there alone for peace and to feel safe. As an innocent child I felt the love and goodness of a loving Father as He revealed Himself through His creation to me. Rabbits, birds, squirrels, foxes, and whatever else appeared all became my friends as I would sit quietly and observe them. Even though this began when I was quite young I sensed a Presence of Someone I grew to love immediately. His creation revealed His perfection and order to me. That love for the outdoors has only grown through the years, because It reveals to me the great love God has for me personally as we walk and talk together in it. If you are always with others you will miss it. You must make time for Him alone. As the scripture tells us His invisible attributes, His eternal power and His divine nature are clearly seen and can be understood through what He has made for us.
No one understood this better than George Washington Carver. May I recommend a small book that reveals a most extraordinary life! "George Washington Carver: His Life and Faith in His Own Words” by Willian J. Federer. He was not only one of the greatest American scientists to live, but devoted his life to teaching others what motivated and inspired him to great discoveries.
On January 21, 1921 Dr. Carver was asked to address the US House Way and Means Committee in Washington DC. Initially only given ten minutes to speak, the committee became so enthralled that the Chairman said,
"Go ahead Brother. Your time is unlimited!"
Dr Carver ended up speaking for one hour and 45 minutes. After the address the Committee Chairman asked,
"Dr Carver, how did you learn all of these things?"
Carver answered, "From an old book."
"What book?" asked the Chairman.
Carver replied, " The Bible."
The Chairman inquired,
"Does the Bible tell about peanuts?"
"No, Sir" Carver replied, "But it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut, and He did."
You must read his biography to see all he did with peanuts! Dr Carver said the outdoors had been to him more and more a great cathedral in which God could be continuously spoken to and heard from. Man, who needed a purpose, a mission, to keep him alive, had one. He could be…God’s co-worker… It sure worked for Dr Carver. Job 12:7-10 confirms what Dr Carver lived:
"But now ask the beast, and let them teach you’ and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this. In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
How awesome is our God! The most amazing attribute of God is His love for you and me. This great and mighty God allows us to become His children, and to walk and talk with Him among all He alone has created including us! Many years back I hiked the LeConte, a stunning mountain located in the Great Smoky Mountains. I had spent the night, and a group of us got up to watch the sunrise the next morning. As it appeared in this most majestic setting I could not control my elation and gratitude to my Father as I proclaimed rather loudly,
"My Father did this!"
Yes, my Father. I know Him! We are intimately acquainted, and you can be too! You have an eternal invitation to be His child no matter your age. He created you for that reason. We are made in His image. He wanted children to love and share His life with. He wants you to hear His heart, and He wants to hear your heart. He has much to teach you. He wants to reveal the mysteries of His creation to you. Wake up to this eternal truth before you have allowed the mundane things of this world to rob you of His plan for your life. Truly, we are without excuse; go outdoors, and look around you, or simply look up into the heavens!
In His love.
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard." Psalm 19:1-3
Oftentimes it is the ordinary that God reveals to be truly extraordinary, if we allow Him to give us eyes to see with understanding.
(Photos taken on a solo run this week that allowed Him to do so.)