LEARN: Connect By The Spirit – Connecting to Nature

LEARN! … By the Spirit™ with Jerricia J. Ulmer

Connecting to Nature

© 2011  Jerricia J. Ulmer

April 15, 2011

I just finished watching “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge,” a show on my local Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  On today’s episode, the famed photographer was in New Zealand and featured not only the flora and fauna of one of the globe’s southernmost archipelagos but also its known native people.

What captured me – aside from the breathtaking views – was the inability to talk about the Maori people without talking about nature.  The Maori see themselves as guardians of the land, stewards of all that was birthed from Mother Earth.  More intimately, they believe they are fellow offspring and feel the Divine connection between them and all aspects of their sacred environment.

This was a most appropriate bridge to the time I’d just spent outside, getting my full dose of vitamin D from the very generous Texas sun, observing all the happenings of spring right before my eyes, like the little black bird that has decided to make her nest in a breach in the wood right above our attic.  Though I might find some frustration in my air-bound tenant’s infringement on our abode, her presence calls so many other things to mind.

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Spring is definitely a season of reaping.  We see life sprouting forth from flowers planted into the earth just months before.  Animals giving birth.  Butterflies freed from their cocoons.  And our lives are no different.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:24)

GOD provided a home for my swarthy-feathered friend; so I know HE provides for us.  He gave her sustenance to carry in her little yellow beak to feed her baby chicks; and I know I’m never without.  I have had no job for the past 4 months and nary a prospect in sight.  Yet I have had windfalls bestowed upon me from suspecting and unsuspecting places alike.

I have enjoyed going away, dining out, and shopping sprees.  I have had the joy of rest until boredom and time to explore my creative sides.  This is in no way a flippant attitude toward society’s tough economic times and those enduring them.  I have been truly blessed, I know.

But we have to live by faith, not by sight.

Know that if you planted your hope in GOD and your life in Christ, your blessings are springing forth!  In John 4:38, Jesus tells us, “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for.  Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”  Already it is done!  So enjoy the sun on your face, the spring breeze in your hair, and know that you are worth more than the birds.

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