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Learning to Live

Seeing and hearing God through his creation is all about paying attention. Many of us might be tempted to say, “Sure, I can imagine seeing God in the crashing waves on a beach in Hawaii or amidst the tall peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but here? Where I live? We don’t have huge impressive landscapes here.”

But huge, impressive landscapes are only one way that God reveals himself. Remember, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Just ordinary, everyday sights. And the same can be true for us.

We can learn to see his beauty in the wildflowers as they unfold in spring along the paths that we walk each day.

We can observe his providential care in every bird that finds its food in our yards and neighborhoods.

There are so many normal, everyday things that have extraordinary beauty. Glowing hues, contrasting colors, the effects of sunlight and shadow, the composition of scenes that lift our hearts.

We might discover the wonders of looking closer at flowers, or of observing patterns and symmetries that are found throughout nature.

We might realize that insects have a special beauty and strangeness all their own.

We might befriend – even if from a distance – the animals God created to inhabit this earth alongside us.

As we learn to pay attention, other things change inside us. We learn the art of being quiet. Of listening for the still, small voice of God. Of hearing his whisper throughout his creation.

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