Encouraged By God’s Creation When Illness Threatens To Make Life Seem Dark

“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.” (Romans 1:20)>

At a recent visit to a nearby Nature Center I got a close up view of some of God’s creatures. The beauty and the detail worked into birds, mammals, and reptiles is amazing. I have always thought that for those who do not believe there is a God, how do they explain the beauty of so many creatures? To merely survive, such symmetry, color, amazing shapes, intelligent design, and beauty would not be necessary in a random creation process.

For those of us with chronic health issues, I think the need to connect with God’s creation is very important. Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, pain, and other issues can keep us from spending as much time as we might like in the Bible. Yet perhaps a window bird feeder, a nature series on T.V., even a short walk around the block can bring us into contact with God, the Creator.

I think I’m not alone in finding that time with God’s creation and creatures is a balm to my soul. For some people, perhaps a dog, or cat, or even a fish aquarium has a positive effect on their soul. Looking at a flowering tree, a sunset, stars in the night sky, such things are all around us, and if we truly take time to “smell the roses” we may find we are better for it. These things can perk up our soul.

One morning several years ago I was in a very depressed mood. I was sitting at the kitchen table and happened to look out the kitchen window. On a branch in my neighbor’s tree was a white dove. I think my heart stopped for a moment when I saw that dove. For that moment in time I felt my spirit lift within me. Perhaps it was a strange coincidence, but I felt that God had sent that dove to me just like he sent the dove to encourage Noah on the ark.

There is life out there, there is beauty, there is hope.

I would encourage you to let God’s creation have a bigger place in your life. Perhaps taking a walk and allowing time to look at the birds and trees. Maybe you are not very mobile and cannot get outside much, perhaps you could invest in a bird feeder, or several of them to bring God’s creation just outside your window. Maybe allowing a pet into your life could bring a blessing. When flipping through TV channels you might stop long enough to watch a few nature programs and consider how amazing the Creator is and all He has done.

God is good, and you can see His goodness in His creation. God’s answer to Job in Job’s suffering was to look around at the creation and be humbled, consider how great our God is, what He has done, and what He can do. Consider what God can do in your life in spite of your affliction and suffering.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Creator of all things, thank You for the beauty of Your creation. Help us to remember what You have done, and what You can do in our lives. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has enjoyed God’s creation throughout his life.

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Do you ever take time to “smell the roses”? Have you taken time lately to consider the beauty of God’s creation?

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