Here’s one of those quotes I read decades ago and, for some reason, stays with me. C.S. Lewis wrote:
“For those who pray from the heart, the world loses its opaqueness and becomes transparent: that is, the world of experience starts pointing beyond itself to the luminous Source of wisdom and understanding, to the translucent realm of the Spirit of God. To contemplate is to see, to make visible that which is hidden from ordinary sight.”
– Nouwen, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit, Kindle Locations 408-410)
People who pray from the heart don’t need to travel elsewhere to behold God’s glory in his creation. It’s all in my backyard, and your’s. It’s in the park down the street; it’s in the skies above. It’s the handiwork of God, pointing us back to him again and again.
First, pray. This is where the beholding is birthed.