Hidden Nuggets Series #52 – “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures; For with You is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:8-9
As you read this today I’ll be floating…uh, white water rafting down the beautiful rivers of the Oconee in Tennessee. Depending on my luck, or more accurately the acumen of my raft mates, I’ll have hopefully not gone overboard yet. The last rafting trip on vacation this past summer – the first in probably five years – I deep-sixed on the first class three rapid we hit. Nailed it perfectly right on my side of the boat.
I love days like this, even if it’s only for a few hours. The chance to be on a river and let my senses drink in the sights and sounds of nature remains something I always look forward to. It brings me pleasure and peace even when bouncing out and into the drink – life preserver, oar and all.
We’ve been given so much that satisfies our desires to the fullest. This extraordinary world and all it contains can bring life to our soul as we enjoy and explore it. It’s rejuvenating, precious and thrilling all at once.
I believe there was purpose to that.
The Bible says in Psalm 19:1,
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.”
The handiwork mentioned in that verse refers to the grand work God performed during six literal days of creation in Genesis chapter 1. His full creativity and splendor was on display as he voiced into existence every piece of matter and living thing.
This creation serves as a magnet to the One who created it. It’s specifically designed to point people back to God. And every time I spend extended periods in it, I draw closer to Him and am more thankful I can be filled inside with the fullness of His house…this earth.
I’ll be outside today paddling down a river full of pleasures. Wherever you are, drink in some of nature’s beauty and let it recharge our soul. You may find in it the Light you’ve always been seeking.
What do you enjoy most about the outdoors? Do you find rest and relaxation in being outside or are you more of an indoors person?
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