Walking with our Creator

1 March 2022
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1 March 2022, Comments 4

“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 reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1- 4)

On 1 January, I challenged myself to go for a walk every day this year and record something I noticed. I’m on day 56 and am enjoying the daily rhythm. I don’t always walk very far, it might be my usual short walk to work or a wander around my garden. I live in the countryside so my walks are usually in green places but if I am away from home I walk and look for nature in the town, city or suburb I find myself in. 

It’s not just the walking that enriches my day but also noticing, recording and sometimes researching to find out more about what I have seen and heard. When a route or place is familiar it is easy to go by without noticing the emerging flower bud, a bird singing in the trees or the unique colour of the sky in a particular moment. Walking each day and being aware of what is around me is changing my relationship with the places I walk and deepening my relationship with our creator God. 

These verses from Psalm 19 express the idea that creation speaks truths about the God who created it and can inspire those who have eyes to see. The Psalmist speaks of the skies declaring God’s glory simply through their existence and we can understand this –  the hopeful light of sunrise, the spectacular colours of a sunset, the multitude of stars on a clear dark night. There is something overwhelmingly beautiful about such things. We can choose to simply acknowledge their loveliness and move on or we can, along with the Psalmist, allow such sights to reveal something of our God to us. 

Last week I went to Eastbourne Pier at dusk to watch the Starling murmuration. It’s something I have wanted to see for a long time but somehow, despite only living thirty minutes away I hadn’t managed to get there before. A small group of birds was flying when I arrived and as others joined them the shapes and patterns they formed against the blue sky and orange of the setting sun grew more complex and fascinating. I was moved almost to tears and stood in speechless awe at their glorious acrobatics. 

The Psalmist expressed it well, such natural phenomena ‘have no speech, they use no words….yet their voice goes out into all the earth’. The skies and starlings proclaim God’s glory and demonstrate his creativity for all to see.

A daily walk might not always contain such drama but there is always something to focus on that illustrates God’s inventive creativity and makes me pause in wonder and praise. 

Jay Ashworth is Ornamental Gardens Manager at Ashburnham Christian Trust, one of A Rocha UK’s Partners in Action. She spent six months volunteering at A Rocha Canada’s British Columbia site.

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4 responses on “Walking with our Creator

  1. Helen Edmonds says:

    Jay, I love your description of your walks and what you learn about God through them. I was on retreat at Ashburnham a few years ago, grieving for my parents and wondering what the Lord had in store for me next. Sitting one day beside the lake I noticed the ducks that had been feeding earlier with their heads tucked under their wings. As the breeze came and went across the water, the ducks bobbed on the ripples completely unruffled. It struck me the Lord was saying: Be still and know that I am God. It helped me to wait and see what he would reveal in due course. Nature has so much to show us about our Creator but we need to open our eyes to see him.

    • Jay Ashworth says:

      Thanks Helen, I’m glad Ashburnham Place provided space for God to speak to you, it’s a good place for that! What a lovely moment you describe.

  2. Margaret Roberts says:

    I too committed to walking everyday since the end of COP. Most days I simply walk from my house up a hill on some moorland. Often I say, I haven’t much time, I’ll just go straight up and back, but I invariably linger. I have created sit spots in the surrounding area. It has become for me such a sacred space. I have lived here for years but only with this intentionality am I learning to listen to what God’s first word is saying.

  3. Pat says:

    Lovely post, Jay. Keep enjoying your daily walks and blessing others through your writing and photography. … and just through who God made you to be. xxx