Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction – E.O. Wilson
Once, I went to a Monastery to get away from the noise of the world (as I often did in my teenage years). As I walked among the trees, I noticed how the big healthy trees were structured and how much shade they provided yet the tiny shrubs growing on the ground were just as green and healthy.
Then I thought to myself, “The trees though big and provides good amount of shade from the sun but allows the shrub the right amount of sunlight for it to make food for itself; It allows the right amount of rain for the shrubs to absorb the water it needs. No greed. No selfishness. No “me, me, me” instead there was love, care, harmony between these plants.
With nature that day, I found peace so beautiful and life seemed so easy with the plants. There were no complications, lies or deceit. Nature really is a true epitome of simplicity but yet classy and elegant beauty. Again, I thought to myself, “Why can’t humans be as simple and easy to live with?”
Why do we have to make life so complex and sometimes unbearable for each other? There are so many resources to go round each and everyone of us. There is more than enough space to accommodate us all, so why do we always want to bite more than we can chew?
Nature, truly helps you grasp a better perspective of life and makes you live differently. It teaches you so much and helps you get more in sync with your purpose and what life means to you. You are able to clear your head, see the true beauty of life in itself and have a clearer path to your dream.
With nature you find no need for hate, evil, greed and all that. You just find Peace and a blissful quiet. Nature is therapeutic. It teaches Healing, Forgiveness, Care, Love, Patience and so much more. As Ralph Waldo Emerson rightly said, “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is Patience”.
If there is one thing I absolutely love doing all day, every day, it’s being one with nature. Yep….I am a freaking lover of nature. It absolutely overwhelms me and I find it amazingly beautiful and incredible.
In nature, I connect very much with my inner self and I am able to hear myself think. Cutting off from the hassles and noise of the world is often relevant to keep track of the direction you are headed in life. Living is not solely about breathing….it is about been alive and truly living your life to the fullest.
Try it one day…take a walk in the park or on the beach alone or if you want some company, with a loved one…you would see how nature envelopes you both in a special kind of serene and peaceful love which is so beautiful, romantic and breath-taking.
Nature revamps your love and makes you fall in love with each other all over again. You just have to be open to its magic and feel it from within. You see each other as though for the first time and what you would want to say with words, nature helps you express them to each other.
Nature is God’s art and it teaches us that life is so much more than the material things we see and strive so hard to acquire. If you really want to understand true beauty, then open your soul to nature and let her fill you.
Every opportunity I get, I try to blend in with her and bask in her remarkable beauty. Louis Armstrong says it all in his beautiful song, “What a Wonderful World” and I totally agree with the narration given by the gospel artist, Max Lucardo in his album, “When Christ Comes”. He says:
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
The skies proclaim the works of His hands
Day after day, they pour forth speech
Night after night they display knowledge
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard
Nature is God’s first missionary
Where there is no Bible, there are sparkling stars
Where there are no preachers, there are spring times
Where there is no testament of Scriptures, there is a testament of changing seasons and breath stealing sunsets
If a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God
As Paul says, the basic reality of God is plain enough.
Open your eyes and there it is
By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created
People have been able to see what their eyes can’t see
Eternal power for instance
In the mystery of His Divine Being”.
Nature is an absolute delight and is really God’s first missionary. It speaks volumes of how awe-inspiring, glorious and marvelous God our Father and Creator is.
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ― Amit Ray
Sometimes, so many questions run through my very active and vivid mind such as…..
How does the night turn into day and the day into night?
Who changes the clock of the day: Morning – Afternoon – Evening – Night?
Who positions the sun by day and the moon by night?
Who sets the boundary for the ocean to flow?
How is it possible that we see, hear and do things; even the handicapped have their own special way they go about doing things?
How come the ocean never runs dry?
How come we breathe and live?
The “how comes” are so many that if I decide to continue, an encyclopedia would not be enough to hold them all.
“To watch the dawn emerge from the night undoubtedly gives a heavenly feeling! The fresh sun rays entwine with the dark horizon and peep out of the creek with tranquil grin.” ― Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal
But who is responsible for all these “how comes”?
I dearly love and appreciate science but I don’t think it is responsible for this awesome greatness of the world. There is one who is greater than science in fact, He is the creator of science. He is no other than the ONE TRUE GOD. Other gods come out to claim right but they are forever silenced by the presence of the Almighty.
There are tons and billions of nature’s wonders but I want to take you on a ride to 14 of my favorites. Ready? Let’s go …… Yippppeeeeee!!!!!
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” ― Jo Walton
- Sunset, Moon and Stars: Have you ever looked up at the sky in the evenings to see the wonderful sunset or have you ever been or imagined yourself at the seaside and seen or pictured the sunset?
Have you ever looked at the sky on a starry night to appreciate the beauty of the full moon or even the stars? Are they not just wonderful? I tell you, it is breath-taking. I get lost it each time I behold it. Isn’t this an absolute wonder?
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in tune once more.” – John Burroughs.
- Mountains and Valleys: Though I haven’t ever been close to one let alone climb one but I am totally fascinated by it. Granted, I have a terrible fear of heights but I really do wonder how amazing the view would be from up there…..
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
- Oceans and Beaches: One of the greatest feelings in the world for me is having the ocean wash across my feet as I stand on the beach. Scary I could get but I so love the feeling. The oceans always take my breath away. They are simply exquisite and fabulous. I love the white sands on the beach and how my feet dig into them. It is absorbing.
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
- Rivers and Lakes: Aren’t these an absolute marvel to feast your eyes on? I often imagine sitting beside a flowing river at spring time and just laze around in its beauty as the waters flow with poise. I imagine getting some really great inspiration from this scenery. I hope it happens sometime soon……fingers crossed….Lol…
“We create a meaningful life by what we accept as true and by what we create in the pursuit of truth, love, beauty, and adoration of nature.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster
- Glaciers: How magnificent are these as they stand high and proud displaying their beauty and grandeur in outright greatness? I simply can’t wrap my mind around the majestic beauty of this glorious sight.
“The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Flowers: What is more pretty and pleasing than the wonderful fragrance of sweet smelling flowers? They are one of nature’s most simple but exquisite beauties. Downright gorgeous….
“Rain is a lullaby heard through a thick, isolating blanket of clouds. It is the tinkling harp of water droplets; a moist breath whistling through willow reeds; a pattering beat background to the mourner’s melody. Rain is a soft song of compassion for the brokenhearted.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
- Raindrops: Have you ever been outside at the slow start of the rain where you can actually count the drops as they fall on you? Ever seen the dazzling diamond-like raindrop fall on leaves of trees? How amazing are they? They look somewhat like pearls, right? In fact, no words to describe its splendor.
“The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only — a mighty voice that drowns our souls in its majestic music. The woods are human, but the sea is of the company of the archangels.” ― L.M. Montgomery,
- Woods: I used to find this particular scenery creepy perhaps because of the somewhat dangerous and wicked things that takes place here especially in horror or thriller movies. Despite this though, I still find it breath-taking as I associate it with beauty in my mind’s eye while I try to shelve the tainted images imprinted in my impression by the movie industry…Lol…
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
- Deserts: This parched sandy sight is one beautiful sight to behold though I don’t know if same can be said when actually there considering the sands would be deadly hot from the scorching sun and nowhere in sight to get shade and water. It is another of nature’s wonder and it is beautiful. However, I think Antoine de Saint-Exupery answered my question in his quote above…Lol.
“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” ― Virginia Alison
- Waterfalls: Awe-inspiring! Splendid! Overwhelming! Gorgeous! Are these adjectives appropriate enough to describe such great magnificence? Waterfalls are my all-time favorite of favorites…Lol… I always marvel in its sight in movies or pictures and can’t wait to actually see one.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
- Clouds: When I was a child, I always thought once you are in the clouds, you are in heaven. You can imagine how marveled I was when I actually discovered that even while in the clouds, there is another layer of cloud above. I remember one flight I took and sat close to the window to get a really good look at this wonderful creation. They have always held me spellbound and indeed what a marvel it is…
“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” ― Aberjhani
- Rainbows: This is a stunning array of colors reminding us of God’s promise to mankind. The amazing colors of ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet display amazingly in the shape of an arch in the sky after rainfall. It is simply incredible.
“You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.” ― Alysha Speer
- Waves: I always see this as the ocean doing a majestic dance in all its glory (i.e. when it isn’t angry and in a storm). When it is just bashing wonderfully on itself or on rocks, it is awe-inspiring. I absolutely love it and secretly envy those who can surf as they get to play on the waves…Lol…
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help. – Albert Schweitzer
- Plants and Animals: The different animals of land and sea and even the plants beautifully compliments nature. They are marvelously awesome.
Now, how can you describe nature? Magnificent? Is that the appropriate word? It is awe-inspiring! Exquisite! Overwhelming! Breath-taking! Splendid!.
It is indeed a wonderful world. With an open heart and mind, take a second look at the pictures above. Isn’t it a wonderful world? Isn’t the creator remarkable?
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The beauty that shimmers in the yellow afternoons of October, who ever could clutch it?” Of course, all of creation is magnificent.
So live and bask in the beauty of creation. It is ours to enjoy because . We were placed on this earth to savor at least a taste of heaven. As Jules Renard said, “On earth there is no heaven but there are pieces of it.”
This is your Father’s world. Take care of it and dwell in its beauty for in nature, we truly live as we are meant to. We better understand that as William Makepeace Thackeray said, “the world is good-natured to people who are good-natured”.
So live gracefully and happily. It would be so sad that we just exist and not truly live. Life is a gift, remember? So go do the assignment you were given when you were born – LIVE.
Somebody once said: “Life is like a camera. Focus on what is important,capture the good times,develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out,take another shot”.
Thank you so much for reading this piece. I hope you are fully inspired to live your life to the fullest and be better acquainted with nature? I really would love to read your comments.
Having Jesus as our photographer, don’t you figure that the shots He will take will be terrific? Because with Him, life is beautiful.
What do you think?