Communion With God in Nature

19 03 2011

A young man, an atheist in his whole life, was converted in his early twenties.  Right after his new birth, he lived for a number of months in a country setting, and he would often wander in the woods, marveling at the wonders of the God who had created such beauty.  Of course, he had seen wonderful things in the natural world before, but only now was he able to see the character of the Lord who had created it all.  It was, he said, “as if my eyes were opened for the first time in my whole life!”  It was during that time that this new Christian came to truly know the Lord.

Sometimes we, too, need to get away from everything and just be along with the Lord in a natural environment.  The beauty, the comfort, the peace, the serenity that one often finds in the natural world can speak to our hearts and minds in ways that nothing else does.  There might not be any sudden revelation of new truth; there might be no new insights on a doctrine or a text.  What there can be, instead, is an unspoken recognition of the love and power of the One who created all this.  However we might individually experience the Lord this way, there’s no question that time alone in nature, in communion with God, can bring healing and peace to ou bodies and souls.

“All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God.  In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God.  We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart.  When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God.” —Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 58

– Bible Study Guide, March 16, 2011

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2 responses

22 03 2011
ristinw

That’s true! Sometimes we need to take a break from the crowded and noisy city and embrace the nature to recharge our energy!

22 03 2011
AvesChordata

absolutely right.

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