Maybe you can relate. Many of us feel a deep connection with God when we step away from our technology and enter into a quiet spot in creation. Whether it’s a cabin in the mountains, a house on the lake, a condo on the beach, or a boat while fishing, these spaces offer our bodies refreshment and our souls renewal.
It’s as if these spots are the altar where we accept Jesus’ invitation found in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
The Scriptures tell us that when we step into God’s creation, we experience His glory and engage His handiwork. Psalm 19 begins with these words, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftmanship.”
In his book Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas describes 9 unique ways we connect with God according to our personality and wiring. One group, the Naturalists, “prefer to leave a building – however beautiful or austere – to pray to God beside a river. Leave the books behind, forget the demonstrations, and just let this person take a walk in the woods, mountain hike or bike, or gaze at a field of daisies.”