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Let All Creation Sing

22 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Let All Creation Sing
Let All Creation Sing

Deep in the rainforest, my husband and I followed our guide, Francisco, as he gently and quietly shared his passion for nature with us. He was like a little boy at Christmas when a Quetzal, a rare bird in Costa Rica, was spotted before we even left the parking lot.  He took great pains to make sure each of us had a chance to see it through his telescope.  Later, he pointed out a sloth hanging from a branch high up in a tree.  Further into the forest, he explained how one certain type of frog lays its eggs  on the side of a tree so that when the rains comes the eggs will wash down into a puddle so they can hatch into tadpoles.


On another day, a different guide, Hector, led us on a hike up a volcano called Arenal.  He shared with us the wonder, awe and terror contained within this mountain that is alive.  He called the volcano a ‘gift’ to the region even though when it erupted in 1969 it wiped out an entire town. There is great respect for Arenal, not only because of what it has taken, but even more for what it has given – rich, fertile soil that provides an array of fruits and vegetables, of immense size and deep flavor.

As we walked further into an ancient wood, Hector showed us what might help us if we were ever lost in this area of Costa Rica – which leaves to eat if we had a headache or if we were constipated (and the proper leaf to use if your constipation issue is solved) and last but not least, how to break open a termite mound and find, pound-for-pound, one of the best proteins on the planet.


I was awed by the extraordinary variety of plants and animals. It was amazing to see how each plant or animal depended on another to continue their own life cycle – like how certain flowers are shaped to perfectly fit the beak of a hummingbird, allowing its head (which is flat in its own design) to brush against the pollen so it could help in the process of pollination.

We were invited to peek in on a delicate ecosystem and see God’s creative spirit.  All around there were signs of an intricate web of life held in a fragile balance, each creature doing exactly what it was designed to do.  I thought to myself, on more than one occasion, that it would be nearly impossible to walk through this beautiful and fascinating environment and not recognize that there is a God.

And not just any god… a good, creative, generous, loving God; a God truly worth of worship

The rocks, the trees, the animals, the creation sings a God-song pointing us to his Genesis work.  The next time you walk out into your backyard, take a moment to notice the infinite expressions of God’s creativity.  Creation sings…

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Rev. 4:11


Deb Turnow
Executive Director at Kavanna House
Deb Turnow is the Executive Director of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, Pa. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Spiritual Direction at Living Word Community Church in York. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from York College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. She is also a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute. She is currently studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a certified spiritual director and also provides supervision for spiritual directors. She and her husband Jeff, live in York, PA.