God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~ Martin Luther
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind
(Job 12: 10)
I never get tired of the view in my backyard. The woods have been abundant with new life recently, and I enjoy watching the deer and their fawns grazing near my house. I am reminded daily of the wonderful world God created, and I’m thankful for his awesome goodness.
In a world filled with terror and uncertainty, observing the wonders God created puts things into perspective. Life is good, and life is beautiful. Thank you, God, for your amazing masterpiece called earth!
Faithfully, every summer, the lilies make their stellar appearance along the roadside, in the fields, and in my yard. I look forward to the arrival of the colorful orange blooms. Their bright hues make even the most overcast days appear sunny and warm.
In scripture, God uses the lilies as a reference when instructing us not to worry.
Matthew 6: 25-34
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
What are you worried about today? Seek God above all things. Have faith. The God who cares so wonderfully for the wildflowers also cares about you. Praise his name!
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles ~ Anne Frank
I love the quote above by Anne Frank, and I’ve found it to be true. When I’m feeling stressed, one of the quickest ways for me to recharge is to go off to a quiet place outside and soak up the beauty of God’s creation. There’s nothing like the sun on my face, the kiss of a gentle summer breeze, and the birds singing to make the cares of life drift away.
Yesterday was one of those days. The week started out quite stressful, and I had a lot on my mind. I decided I needed a mental health break. I turned off my cell phone, grabbed my Bible, and went outside to my favorite place by the pond to pray, read scripture, and think.
I felt like a new person following my mini vacation. The stress melted away, and I returned to the house ready to work on some projects I needed to complete. Nature is definitely a powerful prescription for the stress of life.
Do you need a mental health break today? Get outside and take a break. It may be just what you need to get through the rest of the day.
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever ~ Isaiah 30: 8
I love the arrival of spring, and I’m always excited to see the first daffodils and tulips peeking their colorful heads out of the barren winter ground. I always take plenty of pictures of the flowers in early spring, because I know in just a few short weeks they will be gone.
Fortunately, the spring flowers are replaced by the beautiful blooms of summer, and the summer flowers will eventually step down to make way for the fall flowers before the harsh and flowerless winter season arrives.
I enjoy reading scriptures that refer to things in nature. Since I love the outdoors, nature-inspired scriptures make it easier for me to recall certain verses. It’s like a power boost to my memory.
When I look at each flower, I see more than just their beauty. I see a lovely reminder that God’s word is everlasting, even though the flowers are only temporary. What a comfort to know that there’s something that stands forever in a world that’s ever changing.
Maybe you feel like you can’t count on anyone. Perhaps you’ve been betrayed by a spouse, wounded by a friend, or you’ve been disappointed by a rebellious child’s actions. Maybe you feel as if each new day brings nothing but more stress and hurt into your life.
The people in our life and the things of this world will disappoint us at times, but God never will. His promises are real, true, and lasting. He is our firm place to stand when life is falling apart around us.
We can count on God and his word to give us hope when we feel hopeless. When we feel weak and beaten down by the challenges of life, God is our strength. He is our joy when life seems anything but happy. When we feel unloved by others, we can remember that God’s love for us is eternal.
As you go about your daily routine, may each flower you see blooming along the road, or in a garden, be a reminder of the one we can count on for eternity. Though the colorful flowers will fade, God and his word shall stand forever. What a beautiful promise from the one who created all things!