Today is a gorgeous sunny day, with a gentle breeze blowing. The kind of day that called me to escape from the confines of the office for a mid day walk.
As I was walking and praying, the Lord filled my senses with the awesome creativity of nature. He let me know that there is a purpose for each of His creations, big and small, and that He communicates with us through nature. He asked me to focus on what I am absorbing through my senses.
Wow, that got me thinking!
The very first thing I saw was a butterfly. A perfect reminder of the beauty that is waiting to develop within us. This beauty blossoms when we trust in the Lord and rest in the cocoon of faith, allowing growth, change and holiness to develop.
I watched as a male bird protected the mother and their nest; the thought that came to mind was that the mother was protecting the eggs, while the father was protecting both the mother and the eggs. I then spotted a family of ducks…which then led me to ponder the blessing of God sending His only Son to us, in human form, through a traditional family unit. What a wonder and blessing we have in family.
Then there are the trees. I absolutely LOVE trees. Each one talks to me in a different way. Some trees sway gently, with leaves that shimmer, while others are listening in perfect stillness. Some are firmly planted, with the wisdom and knowledge that come from age and maturity. Some are stately, protecting the young and the weak under their umbrella of leaves. Some are reaching out, growing in substance, while others are instinctively reaching up toward the light. The thought that stands out in my mind is that each one is exactly what it is meant to be. And each glorifies God.
As the wind picked up a little, I realized that there is always a wind of change in the air. Life is always changing. Sometimes the change feels gentle and pleasant, and sometimes it feels overwhelming. Either way, we must learn to adapt to it…fighting against it only prolongs growth. This is especially enlightening for me.
The sound of birds singing reminded me that we all have a different song to sing, resulting in a perfect harmony to present to our Father. We are not meant to sound the same…we are simply to be what God created us to be.
I noticed the variety of wildflowers; some more glamorous than others. As my eyes took in the whole picture in front of me, I realized that there is beauty in each one, however there is awesome splendor when viewed as a whole. Kind of how each one of us is a unique and beautiful creation, and when we are joined as the body of Christ our beauty is magnified.
Most of all, today I felt the warmth and energy of the sun penetrating my whole being…which reminded me once more of the all consuming light and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank you for creating such splendor for us to enjoy each day.
We ask that you open our senses so that we may know you more intimately, and we ask that you overflow our hearts with your perfect love.
For it is only through your love and mercy that we are able to love the hearts that need you the most.
Thank you Lord for loving us.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse Romans 1:20