Moving Truth from the Head to the Heart
I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Central Florida we had a bit of a cool snap last week. I took advantage of the weather and got outdoors and worked to transform part of my backyard into what we lightheartedly refer to as the Secret Garden. The highlight of the project is a new Hammock Hideaway. It is from there that I write today.
Something about being outdoors, especially in the morning, is rejuvenating. It is generally cooler and quieter, but something about it clears your head and aids in renewing your perspective. There is nothing holding you back, limiting you. You can see the sky, and in the same way, the possibilities seem more hopeful.
I begin to notice the ways nature declares the glory of the Lord. Anabel Gillham said it for me:
Lord, when I get up very early in the morning, it is so quiet. Still.
Then, in the predawn darkness, a soft, melodious anthem begins. It’s the cardinal. Now I hear the alto in the cooing of the mourning dove; and of course, the mockingbird comes in with his obbligato. It seems they start singing praises to You the minute they open their eyes . . . before the first whisper of dawn.
Oh, my dear Father, I want to be a part of their song. I want to praise You with them, to lift my voice with theirs so that others who might be awake can hear . . . and maybe they will want to join the choir, too.
Let everything alive give praises to the Lord! You praise him! Psalm 150:6 TLB
I thank You for Your creation that cannot keep silent. Their appearance and their activity declare Your purpose and Your glory. Open my eyes to see the reflections of You in my little world. Refresh me with them. Then allow me to go out and live Your purpose and Your glory too.
Do you get the same sort of renewal by being outdoors? Comment below and share your experiences with me.