The Bible points us to the natural world around us – the living things as well as the heavens and the earth to learn about God. Psalm 19:1-4 states: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
Everywhere we look, if we take but a moment to try to see in a fresh way, nature speaks of divine qualities. “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:19-20).
When we see nature as God’s creation, we can infer that it is sacred and therefore needs to be respected. With properly esteeming and caring for nature, many man-made environmental problems would not exist – in place of abuse and exploitation of the earth and its resources, there would be a new-found awe, praise, and gratitude. Just as we can always see something of the artist in his or her creative works, we can see a reflection of the Divine in nature. The earth and physical universe speak the praises of God through their beauty, complexity, balance, order, and even through the mind-boggling size of the cosmos.
From: Divine Reflections in Times and Seasons by Eva Peck