Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursdays With Helen: Seeing God's Power in Nature

Is there something within nature that particularly reminds of you of the awesomeness of God? It could be an imposing mountain, or the beach.  Or maybe it's something smaller like the fingernails of a newborn baby, or a beautiful rose.

Yosemite National Park

For me, it's always been the night sky - the twinkling of gazillions of stars, all neatly arranged in their constellations.  The phases of the moon and it's brilliance at full moon.  It has captivated me since I was a little kid.  Gazing into the night sky I see God's hand in every sparkle.  I'm amazed at the beauty, and awed by creative genius behind the maker of the universe.  Then I think about how small I am in comparison - just a speck in God's infinite tapestry of creation.  And I'm overwhelmed with gratitude because God made me - and He loves me.

Full moon shining over our backyard
When I need reminding of who holds my past, present and future, I go outside.  I look up into the indigo heavens and I see an almighty God who not only made a miraculous world, but an incredibly beautiful one. I'm filled with peace and I know everything will be alright.

What in nature reminds you of God's power? I'd love to hear from you!

Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.


  1. Beautiful pictures, Helen! For me, its a winter wonderland of freshly fallen snow and the colorful display of Autumn leaves. When I see snow sparkling white against dark brown, barren branches, or a beautiful contrast of red, brown and golden leaves, I marvel at God's creativity and artistic genius. Then I have to wonder how people can gaze upon the same beautiful sights and refuse to believe there is a God. Yes, the One who took such care with Nature will certainly take more care with us.

    1. Gwen, I haven't seen snow before! But from what I have seen of autumn colours, they are just gorgeous. I love that these things are your special part of nature that points you to God. There are so many things surrounding us that just scream "God is here!" - we can choose from anything, and yet one or two things are special to us personally. And that's because we're also part of His creation - and made unique and individual!

  2. Oh Helen! I'm a night sky girl, too! I love following the moon - I think of it as God's eye on me, blinking in slow motion. When I'm riled up about something, I love to slip outside when everyone is in bed and just sit in the shadows and stare at the sky - my time with God.

    We have a favorite family campground where the sites are all in this little "bowl" in the mountains. At night, it's like being in a snow-globe. LOVE it - it's one of the many things I look forward to on those family outings.


    1. Hi Becky - another night sky lover! Now I'll think of you whenever I sneak off outside to go stare at the heavens :) I often do the same thing - when my fears and worries start taking over, I go look at the stars and the moon and it makes me feel so close to Him. I'm glad you do the same!

      I lived in the city for many years and it was awful not being able to see the sky clearly. Your little "bowl" in the mountains sounds BEAUTIFUL!!

      Thanks for sharing Becky! Have a blessed weekend!