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If you’re like me, you may have wished more than once that God would reveal Himself to you in a grand, thunderbolt-like, voice-in-the-sky gesture. Maybe you’ve told Him that, too.

“Lord, I just want a sign from you; just reveal yourself to me in a clear, undeniable way so I know you are here with me and that you have a great purpose for me.”

Maybe you then turned away resigned to silence, in fact, not really expecting any sort of response at all. In reality, perhaps you were just venting from a long, hard day and weren’t directing your words toward God seriously.

But whether or not you realized it, He did respond to you.

He said, “My child, I have revealed myself to you. Look around you, and there I am, in everything you see, in all of nature and creation, fully visible to anyone with discerning eyes. Every day I reveal my glory and majesty to you in new ways. Just open your eyes.”

Yes, God can and will reveal himself to you in much grander and momentous ways, but in the meantime, you might just start by taking a look around you. A deep, intentional look.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,

    and their words to all the world.

~ Psalm 19:1-4

I think God likes to work in gradual processes, and He will only reveal as much of Himself to you as you are ready for and can understand at the moment. He wants to reveal Himself to you, but He will start that process slowly and deliberately; maybe not with fireworks just yet, but by opening your eyes to the simple grandeur of the creation all around you. This is a conduit of revelation that even the simplest and youngest of us can grasp.

God is a good Father to us. He made this world for you and me with meticulous precision, beauty, and purpose. He created a universe of infinite variety and abundance for His and our pleasure and He wants us to see His personal nature and glory in it.

Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens. . . . 

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them? . . . 
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents.

Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

~ Psalm 8:1, 2-5, 7-8 (NLT)

God’s majesty fills the earth; His life and breath inhabits every molecule of nature. More than enough of Himself and His glory and power and presence to take your breath away. It would take countless lifetimes to explore the depth and width of it all. But still, He has chosen to present us each with a little part of that glory and that life. And through every facet of His creation, He is revealing a bit more of Himself and who we are in Him.

Next time you have a spare five minutes, go outside to your corner of nature, wherever it might be, and savor the stillness, and just let God’s breath filter into your heart and soul as you take in His creation. Learn to look at those familiar surroundings with fresh eyes; let it come alive like never before. When you look with the intent of seeing God’s purpose and design in it all, you may notice aspects you’ve never seen before.

As we learn to appreciate the simple beauty around us, God will begin to reveal Himself in new and exciting ways. And the best part–this is just the very start of a life in the presence of God.


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