From the time our oldest child was six,
and until the youngest was that age, our family camped out a lot. And between campings, we visited most of the states. They
still cherish the memories they made around the campfire beside babbling brooks, where racoons would visit, looking for leftovers,
after we went inside our tent at night.
Did you know that nature is very much in touch with God? I made a project out
of searching the Bible for instances, and found at least 33. No relation, I’m sure, but that’s the age when Christ
finished His work here on earth and went back to Heaven, Leaving the Holy Spirit to comfort us.
Remember that Jesus said that if we didn’t
praise Him, "the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19:40). Well, there are examples just as amazing as this.
God told Elijah to "eat what the ravens bring you." In First Chronicles, he said "Let the Heavens be glad
and let the earth rejoice." In Psalms he said, "Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the
Lord." And also in Psalms, he said, "Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together. In Isaiah
he said, "Sing, heavens, shout of earth, break forth into song, oh mountains." In Joel, He said, "The beasts
of the field cry also unto thee." And in Nahum, He said, "The clouds are dust prints of His feet."
I used that line in one of my songs. And there are
many other instances that convince me that when the leaves flutter in the breeze, and when the robins sing, they’re
praising God. I think the sound of rain on the roof is praise to Him.
Saint or sinner, all should give thanks and praise to the God who made us. Think about it.
37BT Bill Thornton November 19, 2006