Lent FLOW March 26


March 26, 2018

"... since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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 1:19-20 (NIV)

I am so excited to see the ocean over Spring Break! I've been yearning for it. Being born in a land-locked state, I was awed when I first saw the Pacific Ocean as an 8 year old girl. I had never seen a limitless view, heard the hum of the ocean, or run from the ceaseless, unpredictable waves. It was exhilarating!

When visiting my family while I was finishing college, I loved sitting and just experiencing the many moods of the ocean with all my senses. It calmed me and spoke to me of overwhelming power and beauty. When I was single and life was too much to handle, I would drive to the coast. There, I found stretches of lonely beach and would sing praises to God—the Creator of all that majesty—returning home in peace.

A few years ago, I took on the challenge of memorizing the first chapter of Romans. These two verses, stating that God's power and divinity are clearly seen in nature, really hit home to me because I love science and enjoy learning and teaching about how this world works. Everything I experience and feel being present with the ocean has always led me to God. Whatever I learn about how the world is put together… the particles that make us, the number patterns in nature, the intricacy of ecosystems, the rhythms of life… leads me directly to a powerful, intelligent, holy and divine Creator God!

It's spring! The world is filled with new life! I challenge you to get out and marvel over the intricate beauty and complex design of God's creation. Look at the natural world around us. Learn about its attributes! Be amazed at what God has done and praise Him for who He is. After all, what we can know about God is clearly seen and can be understood from what He has made. Hallelujah!
Diane Anderson

Question: What part of the natural world speaks to you about God? What does it teach you of His character?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for showing Who You are through the world and universe You created. I pray that everything we experience and learn in nature leads us to praise You—not your creation. We love You. We trust You. We worship You. In the name of your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.