5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.
This may be a strange passage to be reading at midnight, but my heart came alive as I read it. If you notice that this passage speaks a lot of the created order and nature in itself. There is something to be gained from nature. God spoke created into existence and with His voice He created the waters of the sea. There have been many times that I have found that I need to be in nature, because I need to hear His voice. Jesus did this quite often. He would be alone so that He could listen to the voice of His Father. It is in nature; the trees, the wind, the water and everything in it that I can feel closest to God. In the silence of nature, I felt His voice was louder than anyone else. As I sat alone doing this and listen, Holy Spirit placed a question in my mind. What is it about nature that is facilitating a place of listening? What is about nature that draws me in? In this dying and broken world who have a skewed perspective of identity, nature is the only thing that is untouched and that still walks in its God created design. In a world where men and women are questioning their sexual orientation, a place of identity crisis, I take comfort in the nature that surrounds me. It is within the created order that I hear Gods voice proclaiming His reign over the earth. Nature is still subjected to and under the authority of God, even though what I see is still effected by sin and death. There’s something refreshing to the soul when I’m on top of a mountain with the trees and the win in my face. There’s something that deepens my heart in God when I sit by a seashore, my feet in the sand, smelling the ocean and hearing the sound of the crashing waves. The water of the sea doesn’t wake up one morning saying I am no longer the sea, but a mountain. As hard as it tries, it will always be the sea and made up of water. It sounds funny the way I am saying it, but we humans do it all the time. In a society of identity in question, knowing who I am in God is crucial. Why? God is constant, stable and He never changes. If my identity is grounded in people who are struggling with the same thing I am, you will always be lost. If you truly desire to know your identity, then go the one who knows, the creator. There is a lesson to be learned from nature, but you first I have to be quiet. God created the created order by speaking. Next time you need to hear from God, just go sit by lake and listen.