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You Will Know that I Am the LORD (Nature’s Way)

Labor Day Sun on the Water

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. 

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The Provider

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

When God created the world, He first planted an abundant garden before he ever formed Adam & Eve. Later on, He allowed 17 year old Joseph, the son of Israel, to be sold by his older brothers into slavery in Egypt. Little did any of them realize that many years later, those same brothers would be begging Joseph, now the Pharaoh’s right hand man, for food. Joseph did understand and told his brothers that what they had meant for evil, God meant for good, thus saving the lives of the entire family of Israel.

Over 400 years later, the nation of Israel, numbering in the millions, left Egypt and wandered in the desert for 40 years. God again miraculously cared for His people by raining manna (angel food), sending water from unlikely sources and preserving even the clothes and shoes of the people. I’m lucky if my shoes even last a year!

King David made an observation about God’s provision in Psalms 37:25:
“I have been young and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor His descendants begging bread.”

There are many more stories throughout the Bible of God’s supernatural provision for His people and Jesus also pointed out that if God takes such good care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He will take care of His people so much more (Matthew 6:26). Even the Lord’s Prayer includes, “Give us this day our daily bread.”(Matthew 6:11) We can count on God to supply our needs each and every day. He wants us to keep asking for His daily care; not as a reminder to Him, but to continually remind us that He is the source of  life and all good things.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two 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 was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, 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.

“I Am Who I Am”

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

When God showed Himself to Moses for the first time, this is how He explained Himself to Moses, “I am who I am.” This is a profound declaration of who God is: eternal and never changing, YHWH (Yahweh), LORD, Jehovah, the Great “I Am.” We humans live in a linear world, with a definite beginning at birth and an assumed end at death.  God, on the other hand, has no beginning or end, which may be hard for us to understand, but is essential to creation and eternity.

It is kind of mind-blowing to realize that this God who appeared to Moses in a burning bush, who declared “I am who I am,” who miraculously led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and sustained them in the desert for 40 years, is the very same God who reveals Himself to us through His Word, His people and nature. He wants to miraculously lead us out of our bondage of addictions, guilt, anger, hatred, fear, and all other kinds of personal shortcomings to which we are enslaved. He wants to sustain us, make us His people and be our loving God forever.

We live in a temporal world, so we tend to forget or not believe that God created us to live forever. Although our physical bodies will age and eventually die, our souls will live forever either in God’s presence or separated from Him, depending on the choices we make now. We have been given a few short years on this earth with a specific purpose from God, which we need to live to the fullest with an eternal perspective. What is that purpose? To use your talents and skills to love and serve God and others. This will make your corner of the world a better place!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother or four, 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 was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, 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.

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