Seeing the Invisible

by Crystal Bowman

Growing up in West Michigan, summer was always my favorite season of the year. I was never a fan of cold weather, and in Michigan we got plenty of that! I loved the warm sunny days when I could play outside with my neighborhood friends, run through sprinklers, and eat popsicles. I also spent many days at our family cottage, baiting hooks with worms to catch perch or bass for dinner. Summer was all about outdoor living and enjoying God’s creation.

My favorite activity was taking a drive to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. The vast open sky above the sparking blue water was breathtaking. The swirling hues of orange and yellow, red and purple, were indescribable. As a young girl, I felt the presence of God when I gazed at the sky. I always believed in God, and I knew he was real. But there was something extra special about observing his artwork. I knew only God could paint something so majestic and glorious. Watching the glowing ball sink into the multicolored horizon made me feel closer to Him. In my young mind I wholeheartedly agreed with the Psalmist who wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1 NIV).

Nature is one of the ways God reveals himself to us. All of creation speaks of his glory. Day and night, the skies put on a show, letting the world know that our Creator lives. Day and night the sounds of nature create a soothing backdrop of melodies orchestrated by the divine conductor. In Romans 1:20 (NIV), the Apostle Paul explains: “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, so that people are without excuse.”

Without excuse. A bold but true statement to all of humanity. We do not have to search for God. All we need to do is open our eyes and ears to experience his presence. We can see his beauty as brilliant sunbeams poke through an opening in a cumulus cloud, like a spotlight from heaven to earth. We can listen to the coo of a mourning dove singing praises to its Maker. We can feel gentle breezes waft across our cheeks as we go for a morning walk. And on a starry night, we can stand amazed at the One who calls each star by name.

God’s divine nature is clearly seen—and heard and felt. It surrounds us every day. No matter where we live, all of creation declares the glory of God. May we—who are without excuse—also give praise and glory to his holy name.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
 and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11 NIV).

Crystal BowmanAbout the author: Crystal Bowman is an award winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books for children including Our Daily Bread for KidsM is for Manger, and Does God Take Naps? She is a speaker and mentor for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and teaches at writers’ conferences. She is a regular contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and writes lyrics for children’s piano music. Crystal lives in both Florida and Michigan, and when she is not writing or playing with her grandkids, she loves to sneak outdoors to walk and talk with God.

Join the conversation: What around you speaks of God’s existence and presence?

Photo by Lili Kovac on Unsplash



9 thoughts on “Seeing the Invisible

  1. I’m sitting on a lanai on the island of Maui as I read this devotional. God is so present in Hawaii! Being here is a feast for my soul.

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  2. Yes!! Last week I had the privilege to view Niagara Falls!! How breathtaking! I’m so grateful for the ways God reveals Himself to us.


  3. Crystal, what a meaningful devotional! You brought out sights, sounds, feelings. Yes, the Lord’s presence is evident in many ways! Incidentally, as a child I experienced wonderful family vacations at Lake Michigan.


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