When you live in the country it is easy to find God’s creation. If you live in the city it is a little more challenging.
But don’t fret. There are many ways to enjoy God’s creation no matter where you live. Furthermore, you can learn some things about our amazing God at the same time.
Use Your Senses To Enjoy God’s Creation
God has given to us so much to enjoy and appreciate in the world around us. We too are part of God’s creation. He has blessed us with our senses so we can be dazzled by His handiwork and find great enjoyment.
- What does it look like?
- What does it sound like?
- What does it feel like?
- What does it smell like?
- What does it taste like?
What does it look like?
Our eyes are a marvelous gift. As you look around at God’s creation, first thank Him for your eyes.
- Look at the colors of flowers and how they differ.
- Look at the detail of different plants.
- Look at the intricacies of bird feathers.
- Look at how some of the smallest creatures carry on life without any help from us. Where do they live?
If you have a garden and grow fruits or vegetables, you see firsthand God’s magnificent design as the seeds sprout, grow, lean towards the sun from east to west each day, and finally produce a tasty harvest.
Your eyes can feast on the bright green of broccoli, red of strawberries, or yellow and orange of peppers.
What in nature is pleasing to your eyes?
What does it sound like?
Nature emits so many sounds, from
- trickling water to crashing waves
- tweets and chirps of birds
- the mooing of cows and clucks of mama hens
- gentle breezes to rushing winds to name a few
Close your eyes when you are away from the city and listen. What do you hear? Write it down.
Sound is part of God’s creation. It enhances the pleasure that He gives us in nature. What sounds do you enjoy in nature?
What does it feel like?
Plants have many different textures. Tree trunks are usually rough, but not all of them. Some have thick bark, others thin.
Some plants are smooth. Others are prickly like cacti.
Many animals are fuzzy or hairy. Lizards are leathery. Frogs are damp feeling while toads are dry and bumpy.
I am not sure I could have come up with so much variety and detail. But God did.
What does it smell like?
Probably the most dazzling fragrances come from flowers. Did you know that when you pass a rose bush, that lovely aroma is God talking to you? He is drawing you into the beauty of the His rose.
Remember that flowers are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet God has delicately handcrafted them for our enjoyment and His glory.
Don’t forget to thank Him for the gift of smell. It it a lovely part of God’s creation.
What flower smells do you enjoy?
What does it taste like?
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) ESV
While this scripture is using the word “taste” as a metaphor for “try”, when you eat fresh fruits or vegetables, you literally are tasting some of God’s creation.
Whenever you are at the market, think about
- the abundance God provides for us
- the variety God blesses us with
- the provision of vitamins and minerals that are in the produce aisle.
33 ways to enjoy God’s Creation
- Go for a walk outside, especially if it involves grass, trees, water, or flowers. Think about the fact that most of the plant colors are green. This is an amazing part of God’s creation because it helps us relax.
- Go to a park and lay on a blanket while watching the clouds pass by. Notice the color of the sky and the formations of the clouds
- Notice the variety of colors in the produce aisle at the market.
- Look at plant leaves. How are they the same? How are they different? Look closely. They have veins as we do.
- Look at different bird feathers closely. Above is a photo of a guinea hen feather.
- Go to the garden center or floral department of a store and smell the different kinds of flowers. Notice the shapes of the petals. Notice the different textures.
- As you stand by a tree, imagine the huge root system below. Most trees have a root system the same size or larger than what you see above ground. Thank the Lord for the fact that those roots keep the trees from toppling over on you. The Bible talks about our spiritual roots and how they need to go deep so that our faith does not topple and fall.
- Watch documentaries about nature. I have seen this one more than once. I always come away with such awe and wonder for God’s creation.
- Watch movies about nature. This is one of my favorites and is based on a true story.
- Hang a hummingbird feeder or a butterfly feeder outside your window. Hummingbirds and butterflies require different nectar strengths. The feeders can be hung from the eve of your house with a cup hook obtained from any hardware store, or from a nice ground-planted pole. If you live in an apartment and have a deck, these are available.
- Get a bird feeder to hang outside your window.
- Read about nature. I have this one (Listen to the animals) and have always loved it. Here is another book that was published more recently (Unwrapping Wonder: Finding Hope in the Gift of Nature).
- Keep a houseplant and observe it as it grows. Notice what it requires to live and how that compares to what we need for spiritual life and growth.
- Have a fish bowl (small goldfish or beta fish), or aquarium. Watching fish can be very enjoyable. Have you ever noticed how some doctor’s offices have fish tanks? It helps people relax as they are waiting to be seen by the doctor.
- Go to the zoo. So many of the animals are very entertaining.
- Visit a botanical garden. There usually is an abundance of flowers in bloom during the spring and summer (northern hemisphere).
- Visit a state or national park.
- Create a Pinterest board with dazzling photos of nature, or follow mine.
- Go to the beach. Observe the birds and the waves. There is something so relaxing about this part of God’s creation.
- Feed ducks at a park.
- Spend the evening at a park where you can have a campfire. Roast marshmallows and watch the stars. Enjoy the smell of firewood burning and the fresh air. Enjoy the sound of the fire crackling. Thank God for your sense of smell and hearing. Observe the different colors produced in the flames.
- Start a garden. Most garden centers have plants ready to put in the ground or pots. If you want the adventure of starting from seed, this is a great way to observe God’s creation and how it all works together.
- If you only have a windowsill, try growing fresh herbs.
- Hang photos of nature with scripture overlays in your home. You can get some of these from the Creator’s Classroom. Christian bookstores also have them. And as always you can find them on Amazon.
- There are many books that highlight the majesty of God’s creation through photos. This one is simply gorgeous.
- If you don’t have a window with a view, create one with peel-and-stick wall art.
- Listen to the sounds of nature with a white noise machine. Close your eyes and imagine being in an environment where those sounds come from.
- Grow a bonsai tree. They are small and can be shaped the way you want. This is similar to when the Bible talks about Jesus shaping us.
- If you like chickens, this book is full of fascinating details about the life of these creatures, including their acceptance of you into their flock or how they mourn the loss of one of their chicken friends. If you like birds in general, learn what it is like to be a bird. This book answers questions such as, “Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” It includes more than 330 illustrations by the author.
- Go camping (tent, RV, or rented cabin). Campfires always make food taste better while the fresh air is invigorating.
- Visit a wildlife refuge. A refuge is a place of safety for the creatures living there. We find refuge in Jesus in a world that is unsafe spiritually and emotionally.
- Go fishing- while you are waiting for the fish, listen to birds and other animals, take in the fresh air, and see what trees are in the environment. Think about how Jesus told His disciples that they were to be fishers of men. Even if don’t catch a fish, you can still enjoy your time spent in the great outdoors.
- Visit a safe, public cave. Once inside turn off your flashlight and “feel” the darkness as it closes in. Then light a tiny match or lighter. Notice how the smallest beam of light makes all the difference. Jesus is called the light of the world, and we are told to shine this light on those around us.
These ideas are a sampling of what you can do to enjoy God’s creation. We truly have a great and amazing God.
You might also like to read “Enjoy Nature, Connect With God.”