I just love the days when you can walk in the ocean and see your feet through the clear green water. I just love the days when the sky is so blue and the sun is so bright that the warmth settles through your skin and into your soul. I just love the days when God displays His beautiful creation for all the world to be amazed by.
God’s beauty is revealed in His creation — in nature. For me, His beauty stills my anxious heart, it calms my worried mind, and it puts a peace deep within my spirit. And even if only for a day or an hour, His peace reigns inside me and I feel grateful.
Yes, beholding His beauty causes gratitude to well up inside of me. Listening to birds chirp in the trees, watching dolphins surface on the water, feeling the breeze blow on my face, all of these things cause a stirring of something — no, Someone — bigger. There is a Creator, a Protector, a Presence, watching over you and me.
I challenge you to sometime today take a moment and go outside. Close your eyes. Sense your surroundings and feel. Take your shoes off and walk in the grass if you can. Find a park, a beach, a balcony or patio to just sit and listen. There may be noise of the city or traffic or dogs barking, but listen beyond those things. Listen and feel His presence. He’s right there. He’s in the sky and the clouds, even if it’s pouring down raining. He’s in the trees and the flowers, even if they’re just in pots in your house. His beauty is everywhere be it the sound of thunder or rustling leaves. Allow His goodness to flow into you from it and your gratitude to flow out because of it.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. — Ps. 19:1
All God’s creation declares His glory. See it. Feel it. Absorb it. Let it quiet your soul. And be grateful.