Nature and its beauty is a gift from God
Nature and the beauty it holds has always fascinated me. I am a nature lover through and through. The wonder and incredible beauty in the world around us is something many often take for granted. I have had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the country and I’ve seen some beautiful places. I’ve seen the beauty of the San Francisco Bay with it’s host of barking sea lions at Pier 39. The stunning glaciers and waterfalls of Alaska are among some of my favorite travel destinations. I have stood on the beaches of Florida and looked out across the ocean. Some of the prettiest places I have seen are among the beaches in Mexico. The world we live in has a tremendous amount of natural beauty. God the creator off all things is an incredible artist.
Mountains are my favorite among God’s artistic masterpieces
Anyone who knows me well at all knows I absolutely love mountains, I specifically love the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. I love them so much, I was recently compelled to move to the East Tennessee area. My wife and I now live in Greenback, Tennessee, which is a part of the Knoxville metropolitan area. Greenback is about an hour drive away from the Smoky Mountain National Park. We love our new community and it’s close proximity to the Smoky Mountains. The beautiful mountains can be seen on the horizon as we drive though neighboring Maryville, Tennessee.
The Smoky Mountain National Park is a majestic display of God’s artistry
If you are a nature lover like me, The Smoky Mountain National Park is a definite must on your travel destination list. Experts from the National Park Service tell us The Smoky Mountain National Park boasts 1,600 species of flowering plants, including 100 species of native trees. There are also over 100 species of native shrubs. Cades Cove is one of my favorite places. An expansive valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, it is one of the most popular destinations in the Smoky Mountain area. Frequently seen wildlife in Cades Cove include black bear, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and coyote.
Nature reminds us of the awesomeness of God
When I am in the mountains I feel closer to God. As I watch the rushing water in a mountain stream, or see the rolling layers of mountain ridges filled with trees, I am awestruck. Mountains remind me that there is a God in Heaven who loves us . God created all of this natural beauty for us. The mountains stand majestically day after day, month after month, and year after year. Through the rain, the wind and the storms…they stand. They not only continue to stand, but they continue to radiate great beauty. It reminds me of the scripture in the Bible that speaks on the topic of adversity in our lives. Ephesians 6:13 tells us to “put on the full armor of God, so when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.”
I mentioned the plethora of plant-life found in The Smoky Mountains. Every single species among the 1,600 species of flowering plants and 100 species of trees in the Smoky Mountain National Park were created by God! He knows every one of them and knows the exact number that exist there! He is a God who is all powerful and all knowing. As beautiful as the plants and flora of the mountains are, it is not God’s masterpiece by a long shot. We are God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10 in the Living Bible reads, ” For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago,”
God knows all the details of our lives
God knows the count and species of every plant in the mountains. He knows every detail about us as well. We are his masterpiece! Jesus said in Matthew 10:30, ” But the very hairs of your head are numbered.” God is aware of all the details of your life. God knows your fears and your pain. He sees your tears. Often we think God is unaware of our daily struggles. I can assure you he is not. The God who hung the stars in the sky, spoke light into existence, and set the mountains in place is a mighty God. He isn’t too busy to know your pain and hear your prayers.
The next time you feel God is a million miles away and doesn’t know what you’re going through, go somewhere and get close to nature and its beauty. The beauty of the mountains speak to me every time. I am reminded of what the psalmist David said in Psalm 121:1-2. David said, “I will lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Nature is a reminder of the awesomeness of God.
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