“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…..”
Psalm 42: 1, 2a
Many of us have been to the beach and received the calm and peace of ocean waves finding their rhythm. Or we have walked through a cool mountain forest listening, to water gently falling over rocks soothing our minds and hearts, as birdsong lifts our spirits.
And yet as people of faith we know that God made everything. We need to be careful to not confuse the created with the One who is the Creator. Can we say that nature brings us healing? Or that there is peace in nature? I believe we can and without offending God.
We know that doctors, nurses, counselors, and medicines help us in tremendous ways. On many different levels they can bring healing and even peace. So, in the same way God can use nature as a balm for easing our wounds.
I remember one poem I wrote about cherry blossoms caused a reaction and a negative response from a “Christian” who challenged my theology. To be honest I think he misjudged the poem because he could not see into the deeper meaning, that spring can free us from being discouraged, and from the oppression many of us can feel during the difficult weather of winter. But that’s ok, because I’m not always right about everything!
Some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen though are from nature. They include my children being born, and before that – my wife walking down the aisle on our wedding day. I was stunned.
And yes, I love my wife more than words can tell. It’s ok to say that. In fact, God works through her to minister to me in so many different, and beautiful ways.
And that’s what God does, with nature. He has blessed us for sure.
I wish you peace.
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quote from the NIV Bible