We can see God in his creation, from the wonders in the stars and sky to the intricate details in flowers and trees. Since the beginning when God created the earth and “… saw that it was good …” (Genesis 1:10b NIV), he has been revealing himself in nature. We are blessed to have many scenic spots in Fort Worth and around Tarrant County for prayer and reflection. In the same way that we can learn through scripture about his love for us, we can learn about his attention to detail, creativity, and immense power through creation.
“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)
How do we respond to God’s creation? We see examples through scripture of giving praise to God for the wonders he has created. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1 NIV).” Similar to the Psalmist, the prophet Isaiah pointed to creation as a reason to praise God in Isaiah 40:26 (NIV):
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
James says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8a NIV).” Then just two verses later he says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10 NIV).” What better way to “come near” and “humble [yourself]” than by praying to God and meditating on his scripture while experiencing his creation. When we see the work of his hands, we can’t help but praise him.
With this in mind, if you’re looking for a spot in Fort Worth to spend a few moments or a few hours with God, here’s our list of five spots in Fort Worth where you can experience the wonder of God’s design through prayer and reflection.
1502 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Just south of the Fort Worth Convention Center, you’ll find the Fort Worth Water Gardens. This urban park has a variety of water features and areas where you can escape. The quiet pool area offers a sanctuary to get away and forget that you’re just steps away from the bustling downtown area.
11601 Morris Dido Newark Road
Fort Worth, TX 76179
Catch amazing views of Eagle Mountain Lake as you hike or find a spot to sit in Eagle Mountain Park, which you’ll find east of the lake. This 400-acre park offers some of the best hiking trails in Fort Worth, and a diverse set of natural landscape for you to enjoy.
200 Pumphrey Dr.
Westworth Village, TX 76114
This unique park is home to Tarrant County’s largest natural waterfall. Take in the wonder from one of the benches that overlooks this beautiful hidden gem of Fort Worth.
4. Trinity Park
2401 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Running right along the banks of the Trinity River, Trinity Park not only offers beautiful views of the river and downtown, but it also is the hub of the Trinity Trail system. Looking for a long walk? Start here, and you’ll find access to over 70 miles of trails. Don’t miss the duck pond that sits near West 7th. It offers many calm spots to take in this beautiful park.
5. Burnett Park
501 W. 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Tucked into downtown Fort Worth is where you’ll discover Burnett Park, with its triangular walkways and towering, 50-foot Man with a Briefcase sculpture. The park features a sitting area with tables where you can sit and relax for lunch or to take a few minutes alone.
Where have you visited, whether in Fort Worth or around the world, that you’ve praised God for what he has created. We would love to hear where in God’s creation that you’ve been in prayer and reflection. Leave a comment below to let us know!