NURTURED by NATURE
A relaxing hobby for me is reading. Though I read both fiction and non-fiction, my favorite genre is autobiographies. Who can tell a person’s story better than themselves?
It takes a great deal of courage to write about yourself. Friends, family and colleagues know a lot of truth about you. Gloss over the truth and your hard work on writing could come to an untimely end.
One Woman's Life
The autobiography I have enjoyed recently is by Diane von Furstenberg: The Woman I Wanted to Be. Born to a survivor of the holocaust, she grew up to become a famous fashion designer and world traveler.
I enjoyed many of her insights, but this comment about the beauty of nature intrigued me: “The fact that we cannot control nature appeases me and somehow brings me back to a normal dimension. Whereas my size is magnified in the city where everything is man-made and every problem is mine to be fixed, when I go on a walk in the forest and climb the hills around Cloudwalk I feel small and I like it.”*
I could identify with her satisfaction of feeling small in the midst of nature.
Wind, Moon and Stars
While living on the desert in the southwest, we owned a Porsche 914 convertible. I looked forward to our evening rides and loved being the passenger. As the engine roared in my ears and the wind blew past my face, I was awed by the immense panorama above me.
Though not familiar with the constellations, other than a few names, it was fun to look for them.
Ms. Furstenburg said feeling small out in nature was a satisfying feeling. She was not in charge and not expected to fix anything. Having leadership responsibilities, myself, I could totally agree with that sentiment.
A Big World View
But I was also awed by the fact that people all around the world could enjoy the night sky. In fact, many of them would have an even better view than mine.
The Psalmist, David, describes it this way: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands . . . They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:1, 3, 4).
I still take pleasure in the night sky. The Porsche is gone, but I can sit on my deck and look over a valley. It may not be as dark as the desert, but I still enjoy the stars, moon and wind.
What About You?
There are so many options to be nurtured by nature.
Which of God’s beautiful creations refresh you and cause you to give Him praise?
*The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg, Simon & Schuster, NY, 2014, p. 137.