I’m sitting here in my kitchen, looking out to my backyard, and enjoying the beauty of the fall foliage. I realize that I love God because of the beauty in his creation. I’m always pointing out to my driving students (to help them relax) the delightful colors of the sunset. I tell them that God paints us a new picture every evening.
Seeing the fall colors always reminds me of the September Bonnie and I spent in New England. We were slightly in advance of the leaf peekers. This is the maybe not so affectionate name the New Englanders call people coming to see the fall colors. I was thinking of the leaf peekers and wondering how many of them understand that what they are driving to see is the beauty of God.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
When we allow our attention to be drawn to nature, and feel that contentment it brings to our souls, we are experiencing God himself. Our western minds always want to deal with facts, but we should not ignore the aesthetics of life. We could be in the very midst of God and fail to recognize his beauty.