This week I’m blogging over at Root & Vine News about what nature teaches us about our God. Here’s an excerpt:
There’s a fury in nature. Raw terror in hurricanes, tsunamis, fires, tornados.
Through nature we witness God’s terrifying power. He is not a placid God. He is God Almighty who can move a mountain, flood a plain, calm a storm.
His power can cause us to fear but at the same time, strangely, this power can comfort us and give us a sense of security. We can’t really worship an impotent being. Our souls long for an all-powerful Savior, not one we can control.
Once on a hike on the Appalachian Trail my friend Melody and I were caught in a hailstorm. We huddled in the downpour praying and at one point laughing out loud at our situation. Yes. We were a little scared, but we also marveled at the power being exhibited around us. (We later learned that multiple cars in a nearby town had windows broken by the strength of the hail.)
It reminded us of the story of Jesus in a storm with His disciples. They were rowing across the lake while he slept. Suddenly a furious storm came up washing waves over the boat. The disciples woke him up and said,
“Lord, save us; we are going to drown!”
Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him.” (Matthew 8:23-27)
Nature reveals God’s power and in this revelation we find security and comfort. We are reassured that nothing or no one is greater than our God nor can any one of us control Him.