Updated: Feb 28, 2019
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There’s something about being in nature that is so soothing. I remember one specific instance, when I was trying to get an answer on something that I wasn’t sure I could get an answer on, I was randomly told that there was “prophecy in the trees”, and that I needed to go be in nature. Weird right? Surprisingly, I didn’t think so. I thought back to all the times that I felt so relaxed in the mountains, on the lake, or at the beach. I decided to put that statement to the test; I dug into scripture. To my surprise the statement lined up to scripture extremely easily.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
“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.” Romans 1:20
So, on one holiday weekend Danielle and I decided to drive to the mountains to relax, and see if we could hear God speak to us. As we ascended the mountains we realized how horrible the weather was. In our mind it was supposed to be sunny and 75. In reality it was foggy and 55. And when I mean foggy, I mean FOGGY. The higher we went the more the fog thickened. So much so that when we reached the top we could only see about 50 feet in front of us.
I had picked out a beautiful hike with a “great view”. When we reached the destination we parked our car, and when I looked to the left I saw the path I picked for us, but when I looked to the right I instantly noticed a path that looked oh so familiar. It was “Preachers Rock”. A hike that I had done once before. Legend has it (cliché I know) the preacher known as "Bear" Joe Lunsford would practice his sermons on Preachers Rock. Low and behold the first thing out of Danielle’s mouth was her saying we should ditch the original plan and do this hike instead. So, we started.
When we got to the top it was honestly chaos. The wind was howling a sharp cold mist into our faces, and the trees were dripping big fat rain drops on our heads. We couldn’t see anything. Nothing at all. At one point I filmed Danielle, with what would’ve been the view in the background, saying “and on a normal day you would be able to see alllllll the way to my apartment in Atlanta. “ (Which was not true, but we felt like being dramatic) And at that moment, as soon as she spoke that sentence, it hit me.
During the ugly times why do we have trouble trusting that God is going to reveal the beauty? I had seen the view from Preachers Rock, so I knew how beautiful it was and I knew what was out there. Danielle on the other hand had not, but she trusted that the view would’ve been beautiful on a clear day, and she trusted me when I reassured her that the view WAS/IS beautiful. So, again, why is it so hard for us to do the same thing with God?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1