To really observe a tree or anything else, we have to stop and take notice, take time out from our headlong rush, & give our full attention. Romans 1:20 says the Lord’s eternal power & divine nature are revealed in what has been made, and that the whole earth is filled with His glory. But so often we give our natural environment a mere cursory glance as we speed about our business, and don’t take the time to read the ‘book’ of creation. And so miss an opportunity to encounter the Creator.
And every common bush afire with God,
but only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
How does this relate to stress or the pursuit of rest? Following a tree, or any other natural object, in this way, makes us slow down periodically, put aside our anxieties & concerns, shift our focus away from ourselves, and allow peace to penetrate our souls. In addition it offers an encounter with the living God – the best stress-buster out there!
*Why not send me a copy of your journal as you record different details, to publish on Rhythms of Grace? Click below for an email link: