Hello! I'm sure you're an explorer just like me- oohing and aahing at all of nature. I hope you are! But as I am new to this website, I felt that it is my duty to share a bit about how I regard nature, lest I be misunderstood in the future. I hope you don't mind, and that you might think a bit about what I have to say, because it is very important to me. I might offend, but it is not in me to be uncontroversial, especially, I admit, on the internet where it is oh, so easy to be just another small person in a vast universe of persons.
I hope you understand, and I hope that I continue to remember, that nature (although stunning and fascinating) cannot sustain. In many places, I see man worshiping nature, and it makes me sad. In their inability to trust God, they instead trust His creation to sustain them. they worship nature. How could you not see or understand, that all this beauty is from someone much greater? It's like being fascinated by a shadow, and not looking for what caused that shadow. You may have found a small portion of God's glory in creation. I'm so glad if you have! But I see people who do, and hang on to it relentlessly, insisting there is nothing more to it while they are practically staring God in the face! Nature won't sustain you, it won't love you, it wont' make you happy. But it WILL give you a look at God and a connection and desire for God, which will make you happy. It's fascinating, but fascination won't give you life. I only adore nature because I love God. Nature is like a temporary picture of God's glory. It's a way to see God, but it isn't God himself. Someday that picture will be wiped away, and what will we have left? God. Who needs nature?