Last night my husband and I watched (sort of) Avatar. After watching, he commented on Facebook that while it wasn’t one of his favorite movies, he felt like he needed to go outside and hug a tree. Though he was being sarcastic, his statement made me think …
When was the last time I was caught up in the wonder of God’s creation?
Richard Foster’s sixth controlling principle of the discipline of simplicity points to this idea:
Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.
My daughter and I routinely discuss the beauty of the clouds on our way to school and the glory of a sunrise over the water as we cross the bridge heading home from dance in the evenings. She is captivated by animals and birds and bugs. We all three love the colors of fall and the fragrance of honeysuckle.
In Celebration of Discipline, Foster states:
Simplicity means to discover once again that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). (93)
So today, whether you’re covered in a blanket of fresh snow or basking in spring-like temperatures, take a moment to bask in the creation … and to praise the Creator.
How do you cultivate an appreciation for nature in yourself?
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