Today is National Take a Hike Day. It’s a day to encourage people to get outside, appreciate nature, get a workout, and get off of technology. Fun facts about the Appalachian Trail–it is the longest “hiking only” footpath in the world at 2,200 miles, it goes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine, it is maintained by volunteers, and less than 15,000 people have ever done the whole trail.
Being out in nature is one way that a lot of Christians feel close to God. Taking a hike is a humbling experience–the challenge of climbing the trail makes you feel your body working, which makes you grateful. And then seeing God’s craftsmanship–the wonders of the trees, the hills or lakes, the view along the way, God speaks through his creation.
When we are in nature, God is showing us “Look at how glorious I AM”. It’s a reminder for us, since we are human and can’t understand his glory, we need nature to help us see it.
I will think about the glorious honor of your majesty and the miraculous things you have done.
Psalm 145:5 (GW)
For you will go out in joy, be led home in peace. And as you go the land itself will break out in cheers; The mountains and the hills will erupt in song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12 (VOICE)
Dear Lord, You are amazing. Forgive me for not remembering all the time, and for not being joyful about it all the time. Thank you for your creations in this world. Amen.