By Kraig Sorvick
Have you ever taken a road trip? This past April, my wife Kelsey and I traveled to Tennessee and North Carolina. We were able to enjoy time with family in Nashville and then traveled to Asheville, NC on our own adventure.
When you’re driving for hours on end you notice things you haven’t noticed before. Cloud formations, sunrises, sunsets, flocks of birds, the strength of the wind, the horizon looming ever closer but always miles and miles away. On our trip I noticed all of these things and more.
Neither of us had ever been to the Appalachian Mountains, so our awe and discovery were shared. Mountains a few thousand feet tall, reaching up to the sky and covered with lush greenery, and forests as far as you can see! Fog resting within the valleys like clouds blanketing the mountains. Mountain after mountain we drove, taking in every piece of beauty. We craned our necks to see the sheer size of each mountain as it stretched into the sky.
Throughout the journey, I thought of the beginning Psalm 19:
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
These few verses are simple, yet so weighty. The heavens and the skies speak and reveal knowledge about our Creator. The beauty and wisdom of God is revealed when we look up and acknowledge His work.
In preparation for this trip I did not anticipate the profound impact it would have on my faith. All of these little moments of noticing God’s creation came together in a crescendo that resounded within me. The awakening realization that God’s power stretches over all the Earth. God makes Himself known through the testimony of the universe. I felt a multitude of different things: awestruck, comforted, at peace, and humbled. Questions that continually surfaced in my mind: What about this trip made me more aware? Why hadn’t I noticed before? Am I the only one seeing this?
The greatest thing about observing God’s creation through this lens is that it did not have to stop in North Carolina. Or on the drive back up to Wisconsin. Anyone can have this lens anywhere. His handiwork is on display for all to see. To the ends of the world. Whether it’s in a forest or your backyard, you can see and experience and know our God’s existence through His creation. As you witness His Creation around you, think of Romans 1:20: “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 people are without excuse.”
When have you been aware of God’s power in the world around you? Are you noticing the work of His hands in Creation you see every day?