He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." ~Psalm 46:10
Do you have a daily discipline that allows you to step away from the noise and confusion of this world, and simply enter into God's quieting presence? What does that practice look like for you? Is it in reading God's Word? Retreating to a prayer closet? Sitting in a favorite chair with a beloved devotional?
Quiet time with the Lord can be all those things, and more! Often, when I'm feeling overly burdened by the world's woes, I sit on our backyard deck and absorb the wonder and mystery of God's incomparable creation, giving thanks for all the many and diverse species He has placed here on this planet we call earth.
And each one of God's creations serves a purpose and fills a niche that only it can satisfy. Now that, in and of itself, should convince us of the omnipotence of our Father. We can dissect an insect or flower to discover more about their unique features, but there is no way we could even dream of creating any on our own. That's always, and ever will be, God's job.
We can, however, either unwittingly or knowingly, create a habitat where a variety of plants and animals thrive.
Take our compost piles pictured above. It's the repository for all types of raw refuse from our kitchen and forest debris raked and collected. These items gradually decompose, creating over time, a rich, fertile soil that can be used for planting. And sometimes, this compost invites the presence of mushrooms when the moist environment and temperatures mix to form the perfect place for this species to thrive.
My husband, Danny, is the first one to discover their infiltration, and wastes no time taking photos of them. Oh, the details of each one!
Just observing them reveals the delicate intricacies of God's work in all His beloved creatures. It invites me into His presence with awe and thanksgiving. And it reminds me that, under heaven, each and everyone of us is created on purpose and with purpose.
All we need to do is be still and seek God's presence in the day-to-day. He is always closer than you think!