Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“Lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind, reveals his thoughts to mortals, the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!” —Amos 4:13
If you were to ask me where I feel closest to God, I would have to say it is outdoors in God’s created universe. I am in awe of God’s majesty when I stand on the shore of the ocean or look up at the mountains. I soak up all the beauty and splendor when I am in a garden full of trees and flowers. I feel God’s peace when I go for a walk along a forested trail. I marvel at the sun and the moon, the stars and the planets adorning the heavens. I close my eyes and listen for God’s whisper when I feel a gentle breeze.
God’s world is filled with miraculous wonders, most of which we tend to miss because we are too focused on our problems and our worries. Or right now we are so focused on the inconvenience of the snow that we forget that the snow acts as insulation for tender roots and provides needed moisture for spring plants when it melts. It is all part of God’s plan for his creation. So the next time you are out enjoying nature (or even tempted to grumble about it), even if it is in your own backyard, stop and say, “Thank you, Lord, you and your creation are truly amazing!” Then feel the peace that follows. Amen.