"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
My senses were filled full and overflowing as I retreated into Linville Gorge Wilderness in Linville, NC on a backpacking trip this weekend. The result was a strong revelation of the love of my God, the Creator of all things for me, His child. I relish the gifts of His Creation! As I entered the deep, rugged forest I breathed in the familiar earthy fragrance I have experienced since childhood. It sends a message to my brain, "I am home." My heart fills with an intimate love for my Father as His gifts begin to unfold before me. As I approach the Linville River my ears are delighted with the melody of burbling waters rippling over the many rocks in its path which delivers a message of peace to my heart and soul.
After an extremely difficult hike camp was set up and I found relief from aching muscles and heat and humidity of the afternoon in cold refreshing water that had been continously serenading an invitation in the last hour. I then crawled on one of the many sun bathed rock formations and welcomed the relaxing warmth of the sun and the view of a glorious blue sky.
Later I dined on some of those same rocks and watched the glory of a clear night sky begin to appear. Moonlight reflected on the river and stars begin slowly appearing one at a time. After enjoying the warmth and smell of a campfire I climbed into my hammock looking up into the heavens feeling such reverence and awe for my Father. I fell asleep to the lullaby of the river. Yes, I was home spending the night in my Father’s dwelling.
God reveals His invisible qualities, and His eternal power through His creation. His divine nature is clearly seen if we stop long enough to look. His love can be clearly seen and felt through the majestic beauty He has surrounded us with. Be a partaker not only of the creation, but more importantly of the One who created it. To have creation without my relationship with the Creator would very empty in comparison. Don’t be one without excuse when you one day stand before Him.
In His love.
Come magnify the Lord God Creator with me!