Outdoor Lessons

“The red cardinal bird holds special spiritual meaning for Christians as they symbolize everlasting vitality (the faith in the blood of Christ as the birds are red in color), Christmas (the birth of christ) and are also considered a creative force (the red color equals vitality and creativity).” This quote was found at reference.com.

Psalm 19:1 says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

How often do you take time to be amazed at the creation around us? My youngest daughter gets annoyed with me as I point out every detail of nature when we are in the car together. I think as I age I realize the power in a sunset, an amazing cloud, glistening snow, changing trees, and budding flowers. The response I get is, “I know Mom, I see it!” But, do we take the time to REALLY see it???

If you look out a window right now and up into the sky, do you SEE what God spoke into existence? God created such an awesome universe that surrounds us. Nature captures the glory of God.

As I have reflected on this verse the past few days, I have taken some extra time and been more aware of what is around me. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in my car and just stare out the window at the Illinois River and its surroundings. It was a grey, dreary day, nothing spectacular. As I stared down into the river I saw a few birds flitting from tree to tree and in the grasses. Before I realized it, I looked just beyond my car and a vibrant red cardinal was perched at the top of a long willowy grass. I was breath-taken at the color and stillness of that bird. I became more intent at watching for birds and my eyes were opened. There were cardinals, blue jays, robins, and a few other unidentified birds flying all around. At one point, three cardinals were pecking the ground 5 feet from my car. It is amazing what we see when we are still and really looking.

God created such an awesome universe that surrounds us. May we be inspired to live a life that shines with God’s glory and grace. Take the time today to notice His creation and worship Him for the incredible inspiration that surrounds us.