Nature's Healing

"Who doesn't know that the Lord does things like that? Ask the dumbest beast - he knows that it is so; ask the birds - they will tell you; or let the earth teach you, or the fish of the sea. For the soul of every living thing is in the hand of God, and the breath of all mankind." Job 12: 7-10 (TLB)

Pat Luffman Rowland is from Tennessee. A while ago, Pat suffered quite a few losses in a short period of time. Days were filled with sadness as sorrow after sorrow came her way. Every day seemed gray.

Pat would spend time in the early morning just outside her back door. She doesn't know what led her there, but she suspects it was God's loving provision. At the earliest hint of light, Pat went to the patio and bathed herself in the sights, the sounds, the smells of nature. For an hour or more, she let God's creation soothe her melancholy.

As the sun crept slowly through the huge river birch, sometimes a breeze stirred the leaves. Always, the birds sang. The call of the Eurasian collared doves sounded like "Praise Je-sus! Praise Je-sus!" Some days the sky was blue and clear or had puffy white clouds floating about. Other days, the sky was streaked with orange and pink. Whatever the design of the day, it was beautiful and calming. The wonder of God's creation lifted her sadness and helped her through.

God cares when we hurt and sometimes provides healing in unexpected ways. As we keep ourselves open with expectation, God will give us the perfect balm for our sorrow. It could be something like the early morning sky that has been there for us all along.

Prayer: Creator God, thank you for the wonder of your creation through which you mend our hurting hearts. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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