I am a huge tree hugger. Big on nature. I love moss between my toes, the crisp smell of autumn as we are collecting leaves... I must joke every autumn that if I could bottle the smell of Fall I would wear it all year. We live a "crunchy" lifestyle when we are able too. I feel God's presence in nature. Not that He is the nature, but that He has given it to us to show His beauty and strength.
When the wind blows I feel how amazing it feels, I admire the fact that His Spirit feels even better than that.
When its just about to rain... and theres that amazing scent in the air, He must smell even better than that.
When the sun is shining in the summer and its that perfect day... His presence when we meet Him face to face, it will feel even better than that.
When Im out barefoot running I pray as I go through paths in the bush, down the bike trails along the river and creeks. I thank Him for creating such beauty. As I look at the trees and how tall they grow, its just amazing to me. The branches pruned and trunks knotted...years of change, growth, repair, bending, rising. My son has taken a fascination with the tree's latley, hugging almost every single one as we go by. Looking up high into their branches (as you can see to the right) and going "WOW!" Its so adorable. To think God created these mightly oaks and the tiny ants that crawl up its trunk. To think all this remains rooted as the earth spins at around 1,670 Km an hour. I remain rooted in Christ as I sit in awe of all that He made. As the creek bubbles and flows whispering "This is nothing, just wait till you see what He has for us in eternity." I love teaching them about how our Lord created all of this and we need to respect it, keep it lush and green so future generations can enjoy it as well. He has created such a balance we should try hard to respect. Jean E Syswerda had this poem I discovered in my Womens Devotional Bible and I came across it last fall. I really love it. All these noises of nature, praises to Him. I love dancing and singing to these melodies, giving thanks.