For 25 years I read Oswald Chambers devotional insights and wrote hundreds of notes in the margins. This week I was surprised to find two pages with no markings whatsoever; even though Chambers focuses for two days in a row on one of spirituality’s most important themes and one of humanity’s greatest needs. What is that need?
To Know God In the Creation!
Chambers speaks for himself:
Is your imagination of God starved?
“Lift up your eyes on high and behold who hath created these things.” Isaiah 11:26
February 10–Nature to a saint is sacramental. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in Nature. In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.
February 11—Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in Nature—the sunrises and the sunsets, the sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the mercy of your impulses but will always be at the service of God.
First, I ask you to notice that Oswald Chambers capitalizes the word Nature. What does he mean by doing so?
Second, this newsletter is being sent out on the first day of Lent, 2021. The covid season has been long and hard. Some of us have not walked under the stars or gazed across the lakes and towards the mountains for many months. Our imaginations, our soul’s need to see God in the creation, has been starved, almost to the point of starvation. I want to travel west again, where my soul was nourished to overflowing.
Recognize the state of our souls. We are hungry for God presence in our lives as seen in the creation. Find a way, your way, to see God again.I will look towards the hills. That is where my help comes from.