When I went to graduate school I camped across the United States from Pennsylvania to get to California, taking in many of God’s wonders in the great outdoors. I viewed the Grand Canyon via a rim tour by bus and also in a small Cessna plane, camped near the base of Pike’s Peak, and more.
I could only come away from these spectacular sights saying, “How can anyone say there is no God?” “How can we not attribute all this to a Creator?” I concluded that it would take more faith for me not to believe than to believe. It was like nature spoke, without words, about the great God we have.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Ps. 19:1-4)
Here is some of what I saw about God in what He made:
1) He is a great and powerful God to be able to bring all of this into being.
2) He is a wise God to be able to be able to design such intricacies and coordinate it all so that it all works together.
3) He is a good God to be able to bring so much beauty into being.
4) He is a creative God to be able to provide so much variety.
I can determine all of that about God without opening a Bible, just by looking at nature around me.
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. (Rom. 1:20)
Let me encourage you as you vacation, or even as you look out the airplane window on a business trip, to not just be in awe of what you see in the great outdoors but to stop, even for a moment,
to reflect on what it tells you about our great, powerful, and wise Creator God,
and then to thank and praise God for who He is.
If you are on a family vacation, use these spectacles as teachable moments to point your children to God.