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Drawn Into His Sanctuary


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In our part of the world, Summer provides an extra opportunity to get outside and enjoy creation. A little more sun and a little less rain seem to beckon even the least ‘outdoorsy’ of us outside. But could it be more than just weather that invites outdoors? Could it be God Himself drawing us into His sanctuary? Could our enjoyment of creation actually be a form of worship to God? One would have to think that the Creator would find pleasure in seeing His children taking delight in the gift of His handiwork and marveling in wonder as creation bears witness to His masterful design. 

Consider, from Scripture: 

“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104.24

“Let the heavens rejoice, the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” Psalm 96.11-12

And from theologian and author, Henri Nouwen 

“We are indeed brothers and sisters not only of all other men and women in the world but also of all that surrounds us. Yes, we have to love the fields of wheat, the snow-capped mountains, the roaring seas, the wild and tame animals, the huge redwoods, and the little daisies. Everything in creation belongs, with us, to the large family of God.” 

I’m convinced that for some, being outside is a “love language” that makes them come alive and feel connected. If that’s you, I know I don’t even have to convince you to get out and enjoy creation and Creator. But for the others, allow me to encourage you to add some intentionality to your outdoor moments this Summer. Pause. Behold beauty. Ponder its meaning. Take in the experience of God with your senses. Whisper a word of prayer or praise in response. Even if this doesn’t come by nature to you, it’s a great discipline to enter into by choice! After all, the Scripture invites us to:

“Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.” Romans 1.20 (Message)

Get out! 

–Mike Bidell Associate Pastor, Grow

Ps – a great way to practice would be to join in this weekend’s Monthly Prayer Gathering, a prayer walk held at the beautiful A Rocha property in South Langley/Surrey! (time and address details are on our Events Page)

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