I love taking road trips. Driving along the highway is much different than driving in the hustle and bustle, stop-and-go of city traffic which I loathe. Highway driving allows me to somewhat free up my mind and forget about the cares of everyday life while being fully aware of the moving vehicles around me.
Recently I traveled, with my parents, from Chicago to Atlanta by way of Nashville. While driving through the Tennessee Mountains, I marveled at the beauty of God’s creation. The picturesque landscape along the way was amazing. Everything appeared to be in its proper place without the assistance of mankind. “Wow, this is awesome!” I said to my mother as I peered out of the car’s window.
At that moment I could feel God speaking to me through His handiwork. The message was one of reassurance and peace. I was reminded of God’s ability to handle all of my problems if only I have the faith. Knowing that God created beauty in the midst of the flood watered mountains of Tennessee assured me that God is able to take care of me.
How and when has God used creation to speak to you?
Deborah Calvert is associate executive director of Women of the ELCA (and no, we don’t have a new associate executive director … Deborah recently got married!)