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Going on a Nature Walk
Posted September 20, 2012
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Psalms 104:24
Have you ever been on a nature walk? I love walking through the park trails in the woods, which I haven't done in several years, but it's always so beautiful when you get out there among all that lovely nature that God created.
I love especially getting out there during the fall and letting those leaves crunch under my feet and feel that cold air hit my face.
Here are few things we might find along the trail that we can learn from.
When you pick up a brown leaf, it usually just crunches and falls apart if you handle it too much. Why? Because it is dead. There's no life in it.
As Christians, we were all dead in sin before we met Christ. By accepting Him, we have that color and life added to us. It's not just a temporal life, but eternal.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1
Those red leaves in the fall are so pretty. I can remember places when we'd travel in Tennessee where all you could see for miles in the fall were lines of trees with those beautiful red colors and tints to them. It was stunning.
Do you have a red letter edition of the Bible? If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's one that everything that Jesus said is in red ink. I think sometimes it's good to travel through those "red" passages and see all the beauty there.
Christ said some wonderful things for us to ponder. What about those parables? Every time I read through one of those, it seems like I see and learn something new or notice something I never noticed before.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:33
I love all those yellow and golden leaves. None of those leaves start out with those pretty fall colors. They start out green. Getting to the red, orange, yellow, and gold colors is a process.
Getting to that gold in us is a process too. Sometimes the Lord has to bring us through some trying things in our lives to get us there.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10
We know that feathers are light and soft to the touch. That is why they have been used inside of pillows for years. It is because they are soft and comforting to our heads.
I'm so glad that I have the Lord to lean against for comfort and strength. He comforts me and loves me with that soft touch.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4
I'm pretty fond of pinecones and I like having them in the house, especially around the holidays. I guess because they kind of bring the outdoors in with them.
Have you ever just grabbed and picked up a pinecone though? They can be a little pokey and prickly. I guess sometimes I can be a little prickly too in what I do or say, but I know Christ doesn't want me to be that way.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
Tromping through the woods on those nature hikes, you are surely to come across some twigs in your path. Sometimes there may be some vines crossing your path as well.
This reminds me of what Christ said in John 15, "I am the vine". We are an extension of Him. We each veer off into all different directions and have different tasks, but we are part of Christ and depend on Him.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Look at what grows because of an acorn. The mighty oak tree. We think of those as one of the bigger and stronger trees.
When Paul was talking to the Christians at Colosse, he talked about them being "rooted and built up" in Christ. We can be strong in the Lord when we are rooted in Him and grounded in faith.
Faith has a way of blossoming and helping us grow stronger so we are able to stand up to what comes in our lives. It's like being one of those mighty oak trees.
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7
I look at life as one big long nature walk. There's beauty all around us if we just stop and see it. That old expression, "stop and smell the roses" makes a lot of sense.
I think we get so busy going through life we forget to look up at the stars and take it all in. We forget to smell those flowers when they are in bloom. We forget to just look out at the countryside and see all the beauty that God created.
We don't have a "Mother Nature" but we have a wonderful God that created all of these wonderful things in nature.
...the earth is full of thy riches. Psalms 104:24
Sometimes we forget to reflect on those daily blessings as well, like remembering how dead we were in sins and how Christ gave us new life. We forget to reflect on how the Lord brings us through those trials to bring out the gold.
Even more, we don't slow down to focus on how we are living as Christians. We could be making this world a more beautiful place by how we live and how we express our faith.
So, what are you seeing on your walk?
Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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