This week I’m blogging over at Root & Vine News about the comfort I find in God’s creation. Here’s an excerpt:
My sister and I were at the beach, just the two of us for a few days of girl time. Both of us were in desperate need of a break. Exhausted from being overscheduled, saddened by friends in crisis, frazzled when thinking about what was on our plates. We felt depleted, down, empty.
Often when I feel this way I run to God’s creation. Taking time to study His creation has a way of filling up those places in my soul that are running on empty. I need His beauty. Our brains were created with a longing for beauty. And in beauty we experience comfort.
I have found 3 ways that nature comforts me.
Restores my perspective.
Walking along the shores of the vast ocean reminds me of how very small I am. Yet too often I allow my issues — a concern over a child, stress over a decision I don’t know how to make, worry about a friend in trouble, etc. become bigger in my mind than God is. And if I’m already tired, I’m even more vulnerable to my imagination going haywire, trending to the negative.
I need to steal away and let God’s creation overwhelm me. Walking alone by the ocean I feel His vast arms encircle me. I hear Him whisper, “Susan, see how vast and how BIG I am. I’ve got all these things. I’ve got you, and I adore you.” Gazing at His creation restores my perspective.
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-18 NIV)