Growing up, my parents took us camping. I’m going out on a big, sturdy limb, here, to say that we went camping, not because my mom loved it, but because we could afford to take longer vacations that way, which Mom DID love!
The scene is the Forest of Arden. Duke Senior and his Lords live in exile like Robin Hood and his band of merry men. He doesn’t seem to mind not being courted and kissed-up-to though times are tough in the forest and food is scarce. He discovered that God speaks through his creation.
From the first Garden God planted (the first “Master Planned Community,” if you will), he has ordered nature to point to his glory. There are lessons in the green trees and the blue seas and birds and the bees.
I find that when I sit outside, like I did on the beach last weekend, or when I go for a walk to a mountain waterfall (my favorite para-camping activity), I can shut out the world of cell phones, email, annoying kids’ TV, toys with battery-powered sounds and just focus on what God has created, and that includes me.
The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those that dwell therein – Psalm 24:1
I am a testament of God’s power and planning. I was created to reflect his glory more so than the birds of the air or lilies of the field. He created me to faith that can move the mountains into the sea. He also created Adam, and created me, to learn from his creation and care for it.
Hear the tongues in the trees that speak languages different from our own. Read the books in running brooks. Apply the sermons told upon the stones and look for the good in everything.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited? What lessons can you learn from nature?