While out running yesterday, I not only enjoyed the beautiful country landscape around me, but it was the everyday things that are not classically beautiful that really spoke to my soul. Sometimes we simply need to slow down, remove ourselves from all of the noise and chaos, and simply open our eyes, and quiet our minds to embrace the truth. I did it and was rejuvenated, and I hope that you can be refreshed too…….
What can we learn from nature?
There were so many things that caught my eye, but these were the few that I was able to capture on my phone (sorry for the poor photography!) and they were the most impactful.
Don’t let the anything creep its way into your life and begin to choke you, and not only hinder your growth, but steal your joy.
We live in a densely wooded area and I am constantly amazed at how many trees have vines climbing up them. As landowners (and concerned parents of poisoned vines) my husband and I need to take the time to identify the trees with vine issues, and take some action to eradicate the vine before it kills the tree. What “vines” do you have taking hold in your life? Have you identified them? Do you have a plan of action for removing them before they become so entwined around you that it is hard to distinguish you from the vine? They can appear so innocent at first, but once you see what the slow progression of a creeping vine can do, you will realize they can be deadly.
Sometimes we are pruned, and it hurts. But even a painful experience can often yield good results given enough time.
This picture is painful. I don’t know if part of the tree was diseased or if it was simply growing too close to the road and was a hazard. Whatever the reasoning, it lost a limb to a chainsaw surgery. I’m not an experienced gardener, but I do know that there are often very good reasons to cut into a diseased plant, or even a perfectly healthy plant. If a plant is properly pruned it can be molded to grow the way that the gardener intended, instead of completely wild. We need to trust that the “gardening” that takes place in our life happens for a reason, and is not just a random act. If we embrace that we have a great master gardener who loves us and tends to our needs and has a beautiful design for our lives, we will better be able to not only endure (but eventually embrace) the times when we feel the pruning shears.
Don’t let the bumps in the road make you lose your forward momentum. It’s a bump, not a stop sign!
Speed bumps are intended to slow you down. Let’s all slow down and proceed at a safe and cautious pace, but don’t let it stop you completely. Perhaps the speed bumps in your life are designed to ensure that you are paying attention, and to help you to better focus your attention on the road you are traveling.
Beauty can bloom anywhere.
I am amazed that this flower blooms by the dirty side of the road with rocks, and mud, and weeds, and not only grows but thrives! If this small flower can bloom wherever God plants it, I can bloom where God plants me, because He clothes the flowers of the field and oh how much more He love His children!
Leave your own unique footprint!
Only you can choose the path you will take. Don’t be locked into the well paved road, but consider taking a detour and choosing the path less traveled. Be adventurous, and don’t be afraid to get a little bit dirty sometimes! I don’t have a good sense of direction and I have come to realize that without a good GPS I can get lost in an instant. I need a physical map to help me get where I’m going without mishap, and I need a spiritual GPS (the Word of God) to guide my steps. What is your GPS?
What have you observed in nature that has refreshed your soul? Please do share!