Be still and know…
So many lessons to be learned in nature if only we take the time to quietly sit and listen. Maybe that is what location God had in mind when He said in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
What better place to sit, be still and wait than when observing nature. You can’t be causing a ruckus and expect the wildlife to not go running. We must sit, be still and wait patiently for the animals to make their presence known. Just as we must be still and wait for the Lord. The bible tells us in Isaiah 30:18 “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
If you spend a lot of time in nature you recognize different animals as they approach. A keen ear can hear a twig break off in the distance and know that a deer is gingerly walking through. The claws of squirrel can be heard climbing trees while birds can be heard rustling leaves on the forest floor. If the leaves are crispy and the air is still, you can even hear a granddaddy long legs walking atop the leaves.
Now if you are new to spending time outdoors in nature, you may not recognize these sounds much less hear them. You may only hear and know the caw of the crow or a screech from an owl. But the more time you spend in nature, the more you hear it. The more you learn from it. Noises that were once unknown and frightening lose their scare factor the more you surround yourself with it. They become familiar and comforting. You even get a sense of pride from being able to know a hawk from a whipper wheel purely by sound alone. The unknown is scary for most of us. But we don’t have to be alone and scared. By surrounding yourself with God’s word you began to learn what true peace and comfort are. It can be quite intimidating at first. All the “thou shalts” and “begats”. Don’t get me started on the genealogy and all the names that are hard to pronounce! But don’t let that scare you away. Remember when the noises in the woods were scary even in the daylight before you spent much time there? The same is true for the bible. The more time you spend in it, your hearing and heart are improved. What was once scary is now a place of comfort and refuge.
Psalm 9: 9 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
Psalm 34: 8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Psalm 134: 105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”