Last summer on a warm and rainy night, I was having trouble sleeping. Usually, near insomnia is disturbing to me but that night I had live entertainment to listen to. I found joy in nature as the frogs seemed to be in heaven!
Finding Joy In Nature: Frogs & Water
Because of all the standing water outside the frogs were happy, ecstatically singing their joy. While there were periods of silence, it was interrupted by the vocalizations of one or two frogs. Then several others joined in. Suddenly there was a whole choir wildly serenading me. Then as suddenly as it all started, it was as if the conductor waved his hands and the symphony stopped. Needless to say, I was finding joy in nature!
Finding Joy In Nature: A Grand Performance
It felt like it was time to stand and applaud. But I had to wait. It was just a quiet interlude. Once again the encore gradually built to a crescendo, over and over. Cicadas joined the mix as well as cymbal-like claps of thunder.
I had to wonder what the message would be if the frogs had written lyrics to this grand performance. Scripture teaches that all of creation proclaims the glory of the Lord. (Psalm 96:11-12)
This Is My Father’s World, a hymn from the early 1900s declares, “All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres”.
Even inanimate objects are capable of crying out, “Hosanna to the King of Kings”. (Luke 19:40, Psalm 19:1)
Finding Joy In Nature: Shall We Dance?
Yes, every created thing was made to worship God. The message from the frogs was that we are to do it with uninhibited vigor. It is recorded that King David danced for joy in the streets. (II Samuel 6:14-16)
Maybe you don’t dance, but when was the last time you outwardly praised God for who He is and His many gifts to you? He is worthy of our praise! “Shout to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 98:4-8) Is it time for you to begin finding joy in nature? I hope you will start today.