Friday, September 22, 2006

Awe Inspiring Hike

This morning as I walked in the rain hiking through one of the most beautiful parts of northwest Iowa I knew there was no other place I would rather be. The rain made the small forest seem like a mythical wood straight from the pages of The Lord of the Rings. It was the perfect setting to think.

Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from computers, cell phones, televisions, cars, and the other distractions of modern life and meet God in His creation. No agenda, just a time to be alone with the Creator.

I didn’t think any great thoughts as I walked through the trees and into different clearings. I just enjoyed being outside and listening to the different sounds that were at there. No blog posts ran through my head as I scared up fifteen deer lying among the trees or as I quietly watched the ten-point buck slowly walk away. I just wished I had a camera so I could have captured it all, but I knew that no picture could have done it justice.

As I walked back to my car wet and muddy I wondered if we of modern conveniences had some how missed life at its most real. Do microwave ovens, DVDs, and iPods somehow rob us of the awe we should have of God’s creation? I don’t know if I have any answers it is just I have come to realize that I am often not in awe of God. Perhaps it has less to do with the things around us and more to do with trying to figure God out. Maybe I don’t see God as awesome because I have my idea about who God is and how He works in the world.

It is a frightening thing to loose your awe of God. This awe of God is the starting pointing of understanding the world and our place in it. Proverbs 1:7 tells us; Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (NLT). Without an awe of God we cannot hope to really understand who we are or what we are to do. Sure we can understand some facts and figures, but the real truth of it all will remain a mystery.

It is hard to have awe for God when we are so certain that we have things figured out. I think that is one of the truths learned from Job 38-42: we can’t even come close to fully comprehending who God is and the reason why He does what He does. Awe allows us to live with the mystery about God while living out the truth He has revealed to us.

3 comments:

Katherine said...

I didn't know Iowa had any forests. I just imagine corn. :)
I was excited, I thought the picture was one you had taken.
One of my profs in grad school said that was a mark of great literature, when you look at life and say, "Hey that is like . . ."

Paul said...

There is no doubt there is a lot of corn, not to mention soybeans and hog houses, in Iowa. I am fortunate in that my family owns 450 acres of pasture land, and some of that area is wooded. So the word forest may not be the best word to describe the few acres of trees, I was able to remain in the trees for most of the hour+ I was hiking today.

I would have liked to take a picture, but the only camera I have is a hand-me down film camera and so even if I did I wouldn't have been able to get the pictures up today. Though I thinking about going back out tomorrow before the Hawkeyes take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois so maybe I will take a few pictures then (it is supposed to be raining again).

Christian Eye said...

I grew up in Iowa so I know what you mean. I called a wooded area a block from my home the "forest". Not really more that a heavily wooded plot of land but it was a forest to me. :)

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