The natural wonder of a child is a beautiful thing. They delight in picking little flowers in the grass, chasing waves on the sandy beach, rolling in crunchy autumn leaves, stomping footprints in the snow. Everything is new and an amazing mystery. There are plenty of things inside that can capture their wonder, but there really is something so special and refreshing- for mom and kids- about being outside. There we can “stand and consider the wonders of God.”
There is something about feeling wonder and awe in nature -while standing in the midst of the towering trees in a forest or watching the antics of a scampering squirrel- that somehow brings peace, humility, and gratitude. When I get outside, I have a chance to escape my messy kitchen, the pile of laundry, and my to-do list for awhile. It is a chance to recharge and gain some perspective. Patrick Thrift, in a post reflecting on recent loss said, “To find peace inside, go outside.” True peace is secured in Christ and is not dependent upon circumstances or environment. But it is true that stepping out of doors can help me to find and feel that peace I already possess.
This week is Thanksgiving. It is a time where we all gather with loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have been given. So it is a good week to get outside and marvel at these wonderful works in nature. His glory and power and character shine through His creation. In nature we see the bountiful gifts of grace He has bestowed upon us so that we can “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)