Reflections on nature and my relationship with God
Relaxation for me is interacting with nature and with God daily. It is where I also get direction and the most clarity.
Walking the dog recently around local bike tracks unplugged from anything digital woke up my senses to everything around me. I really enjoyed taking in the scenery.
The physical activity was non-strenuous and in my own company, there was time for me to reflect on the word and talk to God. During that walk I thought about how there’s more to the simple visual pleasure we experience in witnessing creation at its finest.
Seeing the love of God in all that was created often has the effect of bringing me back to the reality of His Majesty and sovereignty over all things. He has a purpose and a plan for my life, exceedingly better than what I can imagine.
With God, the future is an adventure that I look forward to!
Long country drives to places that I previously haven’t been to are usually met with lush green pastures and beautiful countryside. I crave being surrounded by the green grass; blue sunny skies and to watch waves pounding the shore line.
There’s so much joy in this relationship. I’m convinced that we are hardwired to interact with nature and with God daily.
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Our point of view is our point of reference affecting how we see everything.
Most human beings tend to develop around the society we each live in. Our minds are focused on knowing all we can about life, nature and the world around us. We all want to know who we are, where we came from, how we fit in and what purpose we have for living.
Social rules have changed somewhat from my teen years and they continue to change. One of the many talks my father about the changing world he said, “Sandra, what was right will always be right and what was wrong will always be wrong no matter how trends change.” He was saying in the 80’s that what is in right now doesn’t make it right.
Immediately all the lines which I tested and crossed as a young girl were bought to mind. He said, “We are all born with a measure of right and wrong. There are no blurred lines.” In that he was absolutely right.
Then he went onto say, “That guilty feeling you feel inside, it’s borne of your character. Listen to your inner voice, trust it and if it feels wrong, then it’s wrong for you.” Yet in all his wisdom in this was where he erred.
There have been plenty of times where I’ve done the wrong thing and it felt absolutely right at the time. Like taking revenge for instance. It felt right and it felt GOOD! But, deep down inside I knew it was wrong. We can’t escape the truth no matter how much we try to justify it.
God gives me a better vantage point than any earthly wisdom. Each boundary is for my own protection and the lines are never blurred. In Him I trust. Just look at the ten commandments. Do you know anyone who hasn’t broken one of those? Yet it’s God’s standard for holiness. It’s humanly impossible to be good all the time. We live in a fallen world that is broken and unholy.
So how can we ever face a holy God when we are so riddled with sin? Jesus made a way and it’s in God’s grace through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection that we have forgiveness.
Most of all God is stable in all He does and all He is. He is the same yesterday, today and always. His wisdom is eternal and he is a father to the fatherless.
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