3. Seeking God in Nature
Look for God’s presence in the order, beauty, and magnificence of nature – the earth and skies and heavenly bodies.
Richard Rohr, OFM – The first act of divine revelation is creation itself. The first Bible is the Bible of nature … Creation is our first and final cathedral. Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.
Psalm 19:1-3 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Isaiah 33:17 – Your eyes will behold the King in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
Romans 1:20 – For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
Thomas Berry – Dawn and sunset are mystical moments of the diurnal cycle, moments when the numinous* dimension of the universe reveals itself with special intimacy. Individually and in their relations with each other these are moments when the high meaning of existence is experienced. (*Definition of numinous: having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity)