Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel tells of a man who, for some reason unknown to her, felt compelled to tell her: “I worship nature. I see myself in the trees and in the butterflies. I am one with the great outdoors. I find God there …” Daniels goes on to wonder about people who find God in nature. Cancer is “natural”, she notes. “Do you worship cancer?” There are beautiful sunsets; there are also devastating earthquakes. On our own, human beings tend to create a god we are most comfortable with. In community, over the long haul, we experience a god – perhaps still of our own creating, but with greater breadth of truth and depth of wisdom.
Take three minutes and watch this beautiful video of the natural world. Revel in it, and be inspired by it. Be humbled and repentant of humanity’s abuse of nature. And be honest about what you worship. Maybe think about the importance of being in a “faith community” – not because it is perfect or that it always gets it right. But because maybe together, struggling with each other and for each other, “worship” can have the kind of staying power that lets us be in awe of sunsets while also giving us the strength to endure life’s downpours.