THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF CREATION
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.
Earth's crammed with heaven,
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)
One of the ways we can train ourselves to see is by ‘adopting’ a tree and observing it through the year, perhaps keeping a creative record* of some sort, such as photographs, poetry, drawings or psalms of praise; and then asking the Lord to speak to us through His creation. Maybe we’ll start to see earth really is crammed with heaven!
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!
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