Written by: Martin James Wood
Psalms 95:1-6 NKJV
“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”
As I signed on to my computer this morning, before I would head out for my morning outing, I accidently clicked on the image above the google search box and up came information about Earth Day… “I didn’t realize today was Earth Day”, I thought to myself.
Walking the paths in the woods this morning, I can’t help but notice the colors of Spring. The greens are ever so vibrant as the textures of the bark on the trees. The tiny buds are bursting open and some are just coming on. It’s as if everything around is visually enhanced and more vivid with the washing of the rain upon all of the elements. The forest is dripping with a warm soft spring rain and the wildlife sure seems to be content with the wet surroundings, as am I.
The birds are busily feeding here and there and the squirrels are scurrying about from tree to tree. The woods seem to be full of life on this refreshingly wet spring day… “Full of life”, I think to myself… Peering amidst the trees and studying the wondrously wet woodland, I realize it’s all life. All,,, as of every last bit of nature,,, including myself. How magnificent of all of this around to be living, and be in some sort of synchronous harmony… Quite miraculous! What a feeling to completely immerse oneself in ALL of it…
There were times I felt similar moments when in nature. Many years ago, I had a job of mowing a cemetery. It seems that cemeteries usually have enlightening views in nature, usually on a hilltop. This particular cemetery was one of them, and on this particular day the conditions seemed perfect as the temperature was comfortably in the upper sixties and the breeze was as if from heaven. The sky was an ocean blue with a couple of “painting perfect” puffs of clouds hanging above.
When I was finished mowing, I stood alongside my tractor and admired the display of God’s painting. I looked up to the sky and felt the indefectible atmospheric conditions and closed my eyes in prayer. I acknowledged God’s beauty and creation and thanked him for moments like this. And then, I asked for more. I asked for God to show me His spirit. His spirit he left for us that is all upon the earth… Well,,, I opened my eyes,,, and just about twenty feet smack dab in front of me,,, stood a beautiful deer, just standing and looking at me without a thought… He could of cared less of me staring at him… We stared for a long while, and then he casually started to walk along and turned into the woods.
There was another time, I was standing in the orchard next to the cabin. This is a place where I have prayed on numerous occasions and admired God’s creation, for the view is a pleasant one from this particular spot. I was closing my eyes and standing by an apple tree soaking the sun upon my face, when I asked again to see Him and feel His Spirit,,, and,,, when my eyes opened,,, there was a little chipmunk, in the apple tree at exactly eye’s level and arm’s length away, staring right back at me…
“Full of life”, I think to myself… Peering amidst the trees and studying the wondrously wet woodland, I realize it’s all life. All,,, as of every last bit of nature,,, including myself. How magnificent of all of this around to be living, and be in some sort of synchronous harmony… Quite miraculous! What a feeling to completely immerse oneself in ALL of it…
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