Observe the Little Creatures
“We learn about the goodness of God not by contemplating the goodness of God but by watching a butterfly. So here is my counsel: begin by paying attention to the little creatures that creep on the earth. Do not try to study or analyze them. Just watch the birds and the squirrels and the ducks. Watch, do not evaluate, watch.
Go to a brook and splash some water onto your burning face. In that instant do not seek to solve all the problems of pollution and the ecosystem; just feel the water. Most of all do not try to find God in the water or to make yourself thankful for the water. Simply allow the cool wetness to refresh your skin. Now sit back and listen to the sound of the brook. Watch the branches of the tree overhead swaying back and forth. Notice the leaves fluttering in the breeze – notice their shape, their color, their texture. Listen to the symphony of the rustling leaves and the scampering chipmunks and the twittering birds. Remember, I am asking you not to analyze, only to notice.
When we do these kinds of things with some degree of regularity, we, in time, begin to experience pleasures rather than merely scrutinize them. What this does within us is altogether wonderful. We are first drawn into these tiny pleasures and then beyond them to the Giver of pleasures. True pleasures are, after all, ‘shafts of the glory,’ to use the phrase of C. S. Lewis. As this happens, thanksgiving and praise and adoration will flow naturally in their proper time: ’To experience the tiny theophany is itself to adore.’” Page87-88
Have you had a spiritual experience because of nature? Maybe a time when the Creator communicated to you through his creation? Share your story anonymously at this post: Question: Natural Inspiration.