Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon' Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.
Psalms 148: 1-5
The earthworks art of Andy Goldsworthy has always resonated with me. I grew up in the middle of a forest, and his work transports me "home". I especially love his pieces utilizing fall leaves. The amazing palette that nature creates & how Goldsworthy placed them produces a sense of awe & wonder. His goal & the goal of many earthworks artists
was to bring attention to nature through their art.
When we look at the verses from Psalms 148, we see that nature's goal is not to bring attention to itself, but to bring glory to the Father. Nature was never meant to be praised, but to point us to The One who created it. Fall truly is my favorite time of the year: cooler weather, sweatshirts, Pumpkin Spice....EVERYTHING, the beautiful leaves changing colors, and Thanksgiving. It is extremely easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season, to become distracted, and to focus on the created & not The Creator. However, my prayer is that the brisk morning air & brilliant colors on display will usher us into the presence of God. That nature will point us to the Father...and we will be compelled to praise Him for who He is, what He has done, and all that He has made.
We praise You for who You are...
for all that you have made...
and for the many blessings we have in our life!
May nature be Your calling card...that we cannot deny you & how awesome you are! May fall be a time of renewing for our hearts & minds in You!
In Christ's Name, Amen