“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8
Although we can hear from God anywhere, getting out in nature can be one of the best ways to hear His voice. When I step away from the busyness of my day and enjoy His creation, something powerful happens.
As I began to press into Him, I asked if He would speak to me. I am here Lord, waiting and listening. As much as I would love to hear an audible voice from God, I mainly get voices in my head. I sit and jot everything I hear down in my journal. Whether it’s from God or just my mind racing with thoughts, I write down what I hear such as…
I will not hide from you.
I have your tomorrows planned.
On this particular day, I sat looking out at the sun fading away behind the distant trees, and I heard, “Be a reflection of my Son.”
“Lord, have mercy,” I quietly mumbled as I jotted the words down in my journal. I have a long way to go to be a beautiful reflection like I saw on the lake.
As I glanced back at the lake, God reminded me that that reflection I saw isn’t perfect and He isn’t expecting me to be either. I’m precisely the way God made me, not wrong or right, just me.
Like us, the reflection we see on the water comes in different shapes and sizes. And those ripples? They are jagged and moving all over the place as they dance on the water.
As I jotted down my thoughts in my journal, I knew something powerful happened deep within my heart. I knew I heard the voice of God tell me what I desperately needed to hear.
Reflections are not perfect but incredibly beautiful.
Store that fact somewhere for keeps.
Do you journal? Do you ever journal outside?
You don’t need to be a perfect reflection, and your journal doesn’t need to be perfect either! Sometimes I just doodle! The most important part is your time with God.
Next, I lay my sin down at His feet and asked for forgiveness. The day at the lake I read Romans 6:13 and gave myself completely to God.
In order clear my thoughts, I may write things that are on my mind. I’ll write what’s heavy on my heart, or areas I want to hear from Him. I write whatever comes to mind. I don’t worry about following a particular order or style. Feel free to pour out whatever is on your mind and in your heart.
Then comes the hardest part of my time with God, listening. Don’t worry if your mind wanders or if you don’t hear anything. It takes discipline and practice to be quiet, at least it does for me. I have found that when I am in my office, or even my prayer space, that my mind wanders to my To-Do lists, the clutter, or the books on my shelf that I haven’t even cracked open. But out in nature, my mind peacefully focuses more on creation—the birds chirping, the clouds, or the gentle breezes.
Take some time this week to get out in nature and soak up some of His Son. Read His Word, pray, journal or just sit in His presence. As you enjoy the quiet scenery, it is my prayer that you are encouraged to be a beautiful reflection of Jesus.