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  • Writer's pictureJonny Nelson

Freedom to Worship

A few weeks back Tony, Mitch and I flew out to ride at Mt. Bohemia for the day. On the tip of the Upper Peninsula in Northern Michigan stands 900 vertical feet of all natural, steep, powder runs.  Because of the lake-effect, Mt. Bohemia averages 273 inches of snow each year…which is more than Keystone Resort in Colorado! Its an 8 hour drive, but just 90 minutes by plane, so at 10:30am we were already riding fresh snow in the trees.

When I stood on top of Mt. Bohemia looking over the lake, it set in; “We have the freedom to worship God!” The adventures that I get to experience throughout life continue to bring me back to a place of worship. I think we all have experiences like that. When I was cruising off by myself in the quiet silence that fresh snow creates, I came into a grove of trees and that evergreen smell lit up my senses. I felt so alive and thankful for God’s grace!

I can breathe. I can ride and I can see God’s creation all around me. The whole earth and everything in it shouts of how great God is, because he is Creator. The world is my place to adventure in, and God gave that to me because he loves me. Everything that I am –  my body, my brain, my whole life – was given to me so that I might worship God with it!

What a travesty if we do not take joy in God’s creation and worship him for it!

All of these ideas on adventure and creation got me thinking – Do we truly worship God as we encounter the amazingness of creation? Or are we simply worshiping the experience?

Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

There’s no doubt that this earth contains incredible, breath-taking sights and experiences. You’re crazy if you don’t agree. But I wonder, are we really attributing these things to the Almighty God? Are we recognizing him in the adventure? Are we taking the time to worship him, or do we simply idolize the experience?

As God gives you amazing experiences today, tomorrow, and throughout your life, I want to challenge you to truly worship him.

Jeremiah 10:12, “But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”

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