There is one place that restores the peace and joy that sometime eludes my soul.
where the angry voices of the world are replaced by the singing of birds.
where the chaos of dissension and indecision can be set aside for a few hours.
where the shame of sinful men is not flaunted on a screen for all the world to see.
where the beauty and order and power of the natural world can be explored and admired.
I have been blessed to live near the ocean, in the middle of an immense desert, in the shadow of our tallest mountain, in the heart of a vast prairie, and amid thousands of acres of farm land. Even when I endured years in the city there were always parks and fields and gardens nearby. And since my earliest childhood I have always been attracted to the soil, the grass, the trees…especially the trees.
Outside is my happy place.
So yesterday Gary and I escaped to the woods. We enjoyed the warm weather, the sights and sounds of the birds, the signs of impending spring, and the challenge of walking the trails. Both of us have had some health problems lately and the satisfaction of not just enduring but enjoying the walk was rewarding. We returned to our home refreshed and restored.
My prayer today is that you will be able to do the same.
There will be terrible times ahead for America, times of trials and tribulation. But Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Find your happy place. Pray and be restored to peace.