There are times I find myself busied trying to keep the pace with the demands of life. Sometimes all it takes for me to gain a sense of peace is to step outside. I am a nature lover. I find watching God’s beautiful creation inspiring and refreshing. The very thought of it brings peace and serenity to my spirit. This is one of the true reasons for my love of running. I enjoy the open air, rejoicing the sunshine, song of the wind and breathing in the fragrance of nature.
Like many of the other firsts in my life, (first friend, first kiss, first child) I remember my first ‘runner’s high.’ It came during a cool, breezy morning in February while I was running a race on Demere Road in St. Simon’s Island. When I looked to the sky, a bright ball blinded me as it emerged from the clouds; it resembled a yellow lollipop on the distant horizon. To my left, I heard the rush of the waves crashing against the shore and watched the untouched, damp sand cover the floor as far as my eye could see. I could feel the cool, salty, sea breeze rustling through my hair and brushing across my face.
For a mile, maybe two, I slipped into another world, a timeless one where there was no effort, no clocks, no yesterday, no tomorrow. I floated along for 30 minutes, aware of nothing (not even the other runners), just drifting. Thankfully for the race crew, I stayed on the course. I can’t help but think that my feelings of solitude and senses of joy were a gift from God. I have often felt that taking pure pleasure in an activity can be a form of worship and I think that is where the connection is the strongest.
The beaches are a beautiful reminder of how we see God’s glory in creation. The way the soft sand meets the shoreline. The way the tides roll in and roll out each day. The way the sun rises over the ocean waters each morning. The way the sun provides warmth and a beautiful backdrop that places God in center stage. The way the starfish show their brilliant colors in the bright sand. Even the way seagulls glide in the wind. Each a part of God’s creation.
Isn’t it amazing that God is glorified in His creation? God’s existence is evident throughout time simply in creation itself. No one is without excuse to know God. Everything from a lighthouse along an island’s shore to the most majestic mountains, all things declare God’s glory. Romans 1:20 says, “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
I am humbled to be a witness to His creation – to God’s glory.