Yesterday morning, I found myself sitting against a pine tree waiting and listening for a turkey to gobble in the distance. Those early morning hours are magical as the new light awakens the day shift of the forest. What a contrast to go from the darkness, the lull of crickets to the bustling sound of birds and daytime activity. It makes the heart glad.
As I sat there watching limbs and trees materialize, I realized how blessed I am to be an outdoorsman. And I’m beginning to realize how much I enjoy hanging out with other outdoorsman. Most outdoor types I know tend to believe in God, and I think I understand why: We get to spend many of our hours observing God’s handiwork around us. We see patterns and the intricate design of a world we had no hand in creating. God has not left Himself without a witness even here among the trees, the deer, the insects and the sunrises/sunsets.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of modern day technology and all the things man has done, but what happens when that is all that surrounds us? I’m realizing just how much men can get lured into what they can do rather than what God can do. It’s easy to marvel in the things we have created or produced and forget about the Source of all those things. If we just focus on what we can achieve, we may be missing out on what God wants us to achieve.
This weekend we will be celebrating Easter–the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Recently, I attended a wild game supper at our church and the speaker reminded me of how God even alludes to Easter through the outdoors. If you think about it, the natural order constantly displays death and resurrection all through the seasons. We are indeed a people without excuse as the Book of Romans says.
- The sun sets and the sun rises.
- The new moon and the full moon.
- The stormy day and the calm day.
- The trees lose their leaves in the fall, but they green out again in the spring.
- A caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
- The rose blooms amidst the thorns.
- The seed dies in the ground and then sprouts into a new plant.
- Animals die and give birth.
God bless you and your family this Easter. Take a minute and read Psalm 19 and then get outdoors. Spend some quiet time reflecting on who He is and what He has done for us. And the work He continues to do in your life.