Fighting cancer can sometimes make you feel helpless, like you have no control over what’s happening to you. The scans, the medical treatments and waiting can make you feel frustrated and depressed. You wonder, “Where is God” when the reports don’t turn out well.
Although it’s probably been more than 20 years ago, I still remember my first visit to New York City. I remember riding in a taxi, surrounded by buildings as far up as the eye could see. There was no “green” in sight. (Never saw Central Park!)
I was reminded of that visit when I saw this issue of National Geographic while waiting in a doctor’s office. I was fascinated at the before and after of New York City — before mankind came in and created an “artificial” environment.
Don’t get me wrong — I appreciate enclosed buildings with air conditioning, as it has been more than 100 degrees where I live this week! But, the more we surround ourselves with our own creations, the less we see God.
I like what it says in Romans 1 in that we are really without excuse when we say we don’t know God. God is evident in his creation and you’ll feel it when you get out in nature, surrounded not by brick and mortar but trees, grass, and water. God didn’t create the buildings you eat, work and play in. He did create the trees, brooks, streams and grass.
I love to fly fish because when I’m standing in a creek or river, I’m completely surrounded by God’s direct creation. It’s quite awe inspiring. Try it and see!