Alive: 47 Days of Lent, Day 7


Alive: Find beauty 

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.

Romans 1:20 NIV

There is a silver birch tree in my backyard, tall and lovely. It is autumn as I write this, and its leaves are touched by the golden wonder of the season. 

By the end of the year, the branches will be bare. Then, in the spring, a host of buds will appear before it bursts into an applause of green.

This tree helps me, in a small way, to know God better. I can sense the fertile and gleeful mind that created it. It is only a tree – one of trillions upon the Earth. But it is also a miracle of beauty – one of trillions upon the Earth.

If we are to know life in all its fullness, we need to re-wonder ourselves – to immerse our souls in the beauty of creation. To do that, we need to pay attention, to step back, and to be still.


Dear God,

Open my eyes to the beauty around me. Help me to notice the wonder of your creation. And through it, teach me more about you. Amen.

Author: Gideon Heugh, Tearfund