This post is component of a 11 week weblog series that highlights the lots of techniques we worship the triune God.
All all through the Psalms, God is praised by and via His creation. In worship we usually sing of the splendour and glory of God as we see it in the made globe about us. Right here in Vancouver, surrounded by so significantly organic beauty, with the ocean and mountains close at hand, lots of of us are familiar with meeting God in the good outdoors. But how lots of of us strategy outside adventuring as an act of worship?
Longtime Westsider Dave Olson has been meeting with God in nature considering that he was pretty young. “I grew up going on nature walks with my family” he says. “One of my earliest memories is a trip up to Mount Cheam with my dad. I keep in mind getting so afraid of heights that I had to crawl on my hands and knees the final couple of metres up the mountain and I wouldn’t go anyplace close to the edge.”
Dave at some point outgrew his worry of heights and currently he’s a common mountain man. He spends his functioning days as a Sport Director with Athletes in Action, but his weekends are reserved for adventuring. He has completed most of the hikes in the Decrease Mainland and Fraser Valley, and travelled via New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. He’s also an avid bird watcher. When asked about his favourite adventure he answers pretty much instantly, “Climbing to the top rated of Mount Kilimanjaro. Becoming that far up—20,000 feet—was just amazing. And you see stars that are brighter than something you have skilled prior to. But you know what definitely created that trip? The men and women I got to share the knowledge with!”
“I firmly think that church is not a developing or a spot, it is the physique of Christ, God’s men and women. No matter if it is a Saturday morning hike or a Sunday evening soccer game, we’re usually the physique of Christ when we’re with other Christians. I have a lot of friendships that started more than a widespread like of nature and finding outdoors. A lot of instances friendships will go deeper when you hike or get outdoors with somebody, simply because the conversations have a tendency to naturally drift toward God and far more spiritual items when you are staring at organic beauty. It is simpler to assume about your faith in the mountains.”
As Christians, we get to strategy nature with an eternal point of view. Anybody can climb a mountain, appear down on an astounding vista and really feel a sense of wonder—but when God has provided you an identity in Christ you can appear at it and see his energy and glory. Dave explains: “Nature for me reveals who God is. I see his creativity, I see his like for us. I see that he’s provided us this earth to give us a glimpse of who He is— a loving, generous, sort God. What I see in nature offers me a deep self-confidence that the scriptures are correct. It is a different way that He confirms who He is to me, and who I am in him.
“Ultimately outside moments are catalysts for my faith. I get out and God refreshes and rejuvenates, re-energizes me. It requires away distractions, offers me far more concentrate on God. Points are far more very simple and I can hear God far more clearly when I’m in nature.”
As we’ve observed in this weblog series, there are so lots of techniques to worship God. Worship can flow out of our hearts by just performing items that bring you joy, and recognizing them as a present from God. As Dave points out: “Enjoyment usually leads to worship. I appreciate hiking and camping, so when I get to do these items I’m thankful. I’m also filled with awe at the attractive stars, glaciers and lakes. Coming to God with wonder and reverence is an critical aspect of worship, and I discover that uncomplicated to do when I appear up at the stars and know how infinite He is.”
For Dave, it usually comes back to Colossians three:23–What ever you do, operate heartily, as for the Lord and not for guys. “When I’m hiking or singing at church on Sunday these are two techniques that I may sense God’s presence and worship most very easily, but more than the course of my life I’ve realized that I can draw closer to Christ in something that I do.”
Sarah Miller is a writer, musician, introvert and sports fan. She plays piano and sings on the worship group, and has been attending Westside considering that the (pretty much) starting. She loves music, the Oilers, popcorn, Jeopardy and the BBC. Stick to her on twitter/instagram @heysarahmiller if you like holiday images and sometimes witty observations about life, sports and pop culture.