Today’s God Calling message touches on the healing power of nature. No argument from me there. I remember quite well a little chat I had with a squirrel one afternoon at Woodbine in Montana. I don’t know to this day what we were discussing, but that little squirrel was serious as a heart attack…and he liked my Fritos too.
Outdoors and sunshine and fresh air is a wonderful remedy for a frazzled soul. But it’s about so much more than sunshine and fresh air. If you get out into nature and just be still- and just be, you’ll be amazed at what you can discover. Nature is god’s way of making a very personal connection with us at any given moment in time. We are steadily losing our natural habitats and treasures. That’s like losing opportunities to connect with God-blocked communication, blocked roads, channels or avenues. Hmm, wonder who thought of that one.
It’s very important to preserve our natural resources, habitats and our wildlife-very important. It’s very important to seek out quiet places in nature an allow God to connect to us in them and through them. They truly are healing, restorative, and, remarkably enlightening moments. We cheat ourselves when we don’t seek them out.
I am reminded of the song, “How Great Thou Art“, each time I am out and in contact with nature. The song describes the wonder the psalmist is overcome by over the awesomeness of the creation, and by the power, majesty, and love of the Creator. The sight of a flower or bird can bring tears of joy to my eyes. I’m often overwhelmed by the great love our God has for us-that He should bother to create such beauty for us. He created everything for us, just for us. Clearly, that’s a message that we should not neglect to explore and enjoy, and protect and preserve it all. David, in one of the Psalms asks, “What is man that Thou art mindful of him?” What, indeed? We often forget just how much God loves us, and how many ways He expresses that…how many way in which He says “I love you.”