Labor Day sun on Lake Billy Chinook.
By Lisa Nordell-Detres
The dawn of human history began with Creator God introducing Himself to His most precious designs, Adam and Eve and placing them in the Garden He had prepared just for them. (Genesis 1-2) How I would love to have overheard the conversations that God and the first couple had while walking in the Garden (Genesis 3:8), but sadly the one conversation we do know about is when God confronted them with their first sin. Even though the relationship between God and mankind changed after sin entered the world, humanity still had an innate understanding of the relationship between humanity, deity and creation.
Even now, many people enjoy the beauty of nature and know that there must be a Creator much bigger than they are. Whether or not they have a personal relationship with God, most people understand the beauty and value of nature. To what extent they act upon the appreciation of nature varies greatly. Some people know God and worship Him in humble appreciation of the world He created. Psalms 8 and 19 are two examples of worship songs written in response to the majesty of nature. Others are not convinced of the existence of God as revealed in the Bible and have come up with a wide range of explanations for the origins of the universe and humanity.
Romans 1:20 states that “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.” (NIV) This is God’s way of telling us that we as humanity should be able to recognize the workmanship of God through His creation. Nature itself speaks of the majesty of God and the proper response to creation is through worship of the Creator God. It could be said that nature is God’s nice way of revealing Himself to humanity.
In these waning days of summer, take some time to get out in nature and enjoy the world that God made just for us! Thank Him and worship Him for all His handiwork; smell some flowers, breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, the waves, the breeze through the trees and know that God is so very good!
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.