When the hustle and bustle of daily life starts to wear me down, it’s nature that comes to my rescue.
Whether it’s reading in the backyard hammock, digging my hands in the garden soil, taking a quick jaunt around the block, or spending the weekend at a cabin, I find it helpful to submerge myself in nature on a regular basis.
Growing up, I lived at the mouth of a National Park. Every Sunday after church our family would pile into the car and go for a drive through the park. My dad would drive a slow and easy 15 MPH as we listened to the quaking aspen trees, whose multi-colored leaves would rustle in the breeze. We kids would bounce up and down with excitement at the sight of an animal crossing the road or a deer eating in a field. We’d always roll down the car windows to enjoy the fresh air, gasp in awe at the magnificent structure of the rock formations, and admire the occasional cascading waterfall. One time we even caught a glimpse of a vibrantly-colored rainbow during a thunderstorm. These are the memories that make up my childhood.
Through these early-childhood experiences, I’ve learned first-hand the life-enhancing benefits that nature provides:
- Nature calms, restores, invigorates.
- It centers us and causes us to reflect on those things that are most important.
- It nourishes us and brings us closer to God.
Recently, our family traveled through the beautiful state of Colorado. With its high mountain peaks, gurgling rivers and streams, and sky-high pine trees, I felt like I was in heaven. Driving along the winding roads of Hwy 24 and through the backroads where the vistas were breathtaking, I felt myself being renewed physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Too often I get caught up in my busy schedule and neglect to spend time outdoors.
Perhaps you can relate.
God created this world full of beauty. Are we taking time to enjoy it?
Here are ten ideas that might inspire you to step outside and embrace the beauty of God’s world:
- Look at the stars
- Go on a picnic
- Collect shells on the beach
- Relax in a park
- Go for a walk
- Keep a nature journal
- Build a campfire
- Grow a garden
- Go camping
- Visit a National Park
What are YOUR favorite ways of spending time in nature?
Day 9 Challenge: Choose to spend a few minutes today in the great outdoors and notice the positive effect it has on you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
This is Day 9 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life.
For an index of all the posts in the series, please CLICK HERE.