August 26, 2012

Seeing God in Nature - Date at the Bird Park

"Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: "The world was made for the glory of God."  St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things 'not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it,'  for God has no other reason for creating than his love and goodness.  "Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand." The First Vatican Council explains: 'This one, true God of his own goodness and "almighty power," not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attaining his perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel "and from the beginning of time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal...' " (Catechism 293).


This weekend I was able to take Thomas out for a surprise date to a bird park!  He absolutely loves birds, so I knew it would be perfect for him.  I didn't think I would like it as much as him, but it was actually pretty astounding to see the wide variety of birds that were there.  I have always found God in nature, and his creative power amazes me every time.  I might not be the biggest bird person, but I felt like seeing the diversity of one animal, the bird, reminded me again of just how awesome God is.  I absolutely can see his goodness and glory by looking at how unique each one of these birds are.
























Seriously, it amazes me.  There are approximately 9,000-10,000 species of birds alone.  There are an estimated 3-30 MILLION species of animals on the earth (source).   I find that absolutely incredible, and I can't help feeling connected to God when I see his masterpieces on earth.  

How do you see God in nature? 

Love,
Caitlin

8 comments:

  1. What a fun idea for a date, Caitlin! I myself am not a bird person(in fact I am a little afraid of them!), but I have to admit these are beautiful! Perhaps I feel a bit safer because I am only viewing them through a computer screen! In any case, your post made me realize that they are a beautiful part of God's nature...and as for seeing God in nature myself...just last night while taking our dog out, Flynn said, "Oh Mommy, look at that beautiful sky!" And it was beautiful...pink clouds and all! Have a great day!

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    1. Ooo I just love sunsets! I probably have hundreds of pictures that I've taken of them because I just can't help myself!

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  2. That's amazing! Those birds are so beautiful! I love sunsets, starry skies, and the ocean!

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  3. Great photos! Nature helps me see God so clearly sometimes - how could all this exist, in all its beauty and perfection - without a Creator? I love visiting my parents in northern Minnesota where they are surrounded by nature and there is nothing else to distract you from it.

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    1. So true! I love places where all you can focus on is the beauty of nature.

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