(This is a guest post from fellow blogger Rosemarie over at Faith it Like a Boss blog on the topic of 7 Ways to Go Deep with God in Nature.)
7 Ways to Go Deep with God in Nature
I am an off the chart nature-lover. Every time I am outside I find some reason to praise God for His handiwork. I have pulled my car over to gape at an awesome Harvest moon, or to look at waves in the ocean.
Specific Spiritual Type that Connects Easiest with God in the Outdoors
God designed each one of us in intricately unique ways. The book Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas describes nine ways God designs believers to best connect with Him. Each of these 9 types has a predominant way of connecting with God. One of the 9 types is called the “naturalist”.
“Naturalists” are described in the book as believers who find it very easy to connect with God in the outdoors. Being in nature, worship of God naturally erupts from them. They easily can celebrate His creative and awesome majesty and discover spiritual truths through nature. I think King David, in his early shepherding years was a naturalist. Take a read through Psalms of David and you will see what I mean.
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To read more about how the 9 spiritual types described in the book Sacred Pathways connect with God please visit Faith it Like a Boss blog, and read this post.
7 Ways to Go Deep with God in Nature for “Naturalists”
So, does this sound like you? Then try these seven ways to experience a deeper time with God in nature. You will be flowing with the unique way He created you to connect with Him deeply.
Pray first and ask God to reveal Himself to you in nature as you go outside. Expect Him to show you things you need to learn as you go outside. Bring a notepad and a pen to jot down anything God shows you. Then go to a safe but quiet location with a path to walk.
Slowly and Deliberately Observe Things to Praise God for in the Outdoors
-Be present and visually soak up everything you see.
-Take your time and move slowly.
-Look intently at animals, plants, the sky, and landscapes. See what comes up for you. Is it intense praise and gratitude for God? Praise Him out loud.
Our hometown is full of big maple trees. In this Fall season, the leaves are brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Every time I see them, it takes my breath away and I start praising God for His creativity.
Here are some prompts of things to observe
-Look at the beauty of how God adorns the fields and forests. Even if you are the only person who ever sees a beautiful flower in a remote field, God knew you would love it and it would cause you to praise Him more. Let God take your breath away in awe. Take the beautiful things you see as love notes from God.
-Look at the giant and minuscule things in God’s creation. Consider the vastness of the sky and the stars. Get near the ocean and feel the huge expanse and power. Then look at the intricate detail of the smallest flower or leaf. God is unsurpassed as a creator and an artist. Praise Him for the things you observe specifically.
-Praise God for anything that just melts your heart when you see it. God delights in when His children praise Him specifically for His attributes. As you bask in His beautiful creation, praise: His creativity, His skillfulness, His wisdom, and His kindness for creating those things for you to enjoy.
Look For Spiritual Lessons in the Outdoors
-Jesus encouraged us to consider the birds of the air that neither gather or reap, yet our Heavenly Father feeds them. He also encourages us to consider the lilies of the field how God has arrayed the grass in beauty, without any need to toil in being so beautiful.
-Almost everything in the natural world can teach us a
lesson about God. Just look intently and be open to what God shows you.
-See Matthew 6:26-34 and consider it carefully on your time outside today seeking God.
-Write down any lessons God reveals in your notebook.
Be Silent in Nature and just Listen for God
-Although tempting to be connected to some music or even other people while you go outside, give being totally silent a try.
-God often speaks to us in a still small voice deep in our hearts. If our hearts and minds are cluttered it often interferes with hearing clearly from our Creator.
-Turn your phone off.
-Write down any lessons God reveals in your notebook.
Take a Scripture that Praises God and Meditate on It Before you go Outside
-Pick your favorite scripture that inspires you about God and relates to nature and dwell on it before, during and after you go outside.
Here are some of my favorite ones: (heading 4)
-Psalm 19:1 NIV “The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands”
-Romans 1:20 NIV “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.”
Psalm 95:4-5 NIV “In His hand are the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks below to Him. The sea is His and He made it and His hands formed the dry land.”
Do an Outdoor Bible Study
-Take your devotion time outside.
-My husband and I took my mom outside one Sunday morning and we found a pretty deserted park and had a church in the park. We praised God in song, then praised Him specifically for all the beautiful things He had created in what we were seeing. We then took a scripture to recite and studied and prayed over it outdoors. For someone with naturalist tendencies, it is energizing and refreshing to connect with God outdoors.
- Listen to a Song that Praises God about His Magnificent Handiwork in Nature
-There are some worship songs that send your spirit soaring in praise to God about how magnificent the work of His hand is in the creation. Here are some of my favorite songs when I am outside praising God which relate to His work in nature.
Indescribable by Laura Story
God of Wonders Third Day
The Stand Hillsong
Maker of All Things Tim Hughes
Do a Prayer Walk around your Neighborhood
Ask God to show you what to pray for specifically as you walk around your neighborhood. Be very open to whatever God shows you and just cover your neighborhood with loving prayer.
This post is for Christian believers who have a God-wired propensity to feel very close to God in the outdoors. It outlines 7 ways to go deeper with God in the outdoors. For even more ideas about how to connect with God specific to this beautiful way He has wired you, please read the book Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas.
Please Let Me Know
Are you someone who feels very close to God in His creation outdoors? How do you get close to God in the outdoors? Please leave a comment below!