It is the most wonderful time of the year. And for a lot of us that does not just mean Christmas, that means hunting season. There is some unexplainable joy inside of the hunter as they gets out to scout, work plots, and get gear together. Being outside in crisp cool air watching the sunrise, listening to your dog bay in the distance, or watching a group of ducks cup into your spread; there is something within us that yearns for such a connection with nature.
There is no doubt that this connection with nature is instilled by God Himself. Job states this when he was arguing with his friends:
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
- Job 12:7-10
All breath is held in the hand of God. He sustains not just the human race but also those of every animal. When confronted with anxiety Jesus himself used the “birds of the air” as an example of God’s provision. (Matt. 6:25-26) We also see from the picture of Genesis chapter three where, “God walking in garden in the cool of the day.” The God we serve created nature and enjoys His masterpiece. It is good for us to enjoy, not abuse, what He has given to us.
This divine connection that we have with nature gives us opportunities to represent Jesus as we go out into the woods this season. My encouragement to all is that we will use this as an opportunity to take someone with us into the great outdoors. Take someone who is in need of a soulful renewal from the creation that God has given to us. The opportunity to build friendships and share wisdom with children is tremendous. The question is, will we share the greatness of our Maker in our conversations this season?
Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls. Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world. And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.