I held the dive mask to my face and somersaulted backward off the side of the boat into the tropical water. It did not take long for me to realize that I splashed into the middle of a huge school of stinging jellyfish. After placing the snorkel in my mouth, I began to dodge them while I waited several minutes for my friends to get into the water.
As soon as they geared up and plunged into the water, I placed the scuba-breathing regulator into my mouth and we descended below the jellyfish. Then it happened! The beauty and the majesty of the reef struck me, as did the beauty, majesty and presence of God.
Again in the Mountains
A month later it happened again at 10,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Colorado. And once again, both the beauty and majesty of nature struck me, as did the beauty, majesty and presence of God. In both ocean deep and on the mountains high I have had encounters with God
Whether in the ocean, the mountains, the deserts or in my house watching birds at a bird feeder, I often feel the presence of God. The Lord speaks to us through his creation. Moses, David, Elijah, Jesus, Paul and many more characters in the Bible encounter God in the wilderness.
Tell Me of Your Encounters with God
Often I write in this blog about my encounters with God in His creation. Today, I want to hear from you. Do you or have you ever encountered God in the wilderness or while observing nature? This could be at the Ocean, in the mountains, on the shores of Lake, at a local park or even in your own backyard.
Let me know your story. Write it below in the comments section. I am sure many of you have great stories to share. I would love to hear how you have encountered God in His creation. As King David wrote from the Judean wilderness, “You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory (Psalm 63:1-2, Emphasis mine).”