Hello and welcome to June. It feels strange that we’ve already come into the summer months. The year feels like it’s moving more slowly than the calendar says. It’s been hard to write and I had started working on this blog post over a week ago. Mom and I went to check out a nature reserve near our home that we’d been wanting to visit. We got a quick walk in before afternoon storms chased us back to the car. It was so nice though to be outside in the woods again. I’ve talked before about how therapeutic it is for me to be near trees and meandering through forested paths. My heart and mind clear and I can regain focus and perspective.
It’s been a hard and heartbreaking year for us. And the whole world now feels like it’s crying. So much pain and tears. In the midst of such grief, nature is a source of solace and calm. It is one of God’s greatest blessings to us that His creation brings joy and comfort in our broken world. It’s beauty can pierce through our sorrows to bring the light of His presence and speak hope into our hearts.
One of the great delights in our short walk was that we were able to see some wildflowers. I thought that we had missed them all during quarantine but the frothy blooms of false Solomon’s seal were abundant. And joy of joys, there was one precious trillium left in bloom – my favorite forest flower.
We admired the floor filled with lush emerald foliage – including these heart-shaped beauties.
And we even found a magic kingdom of mushrooms!
But best of all, we found some peace and quiet to be still and listen to God’s voice speaking truth into our hearts. We took time to remind ourselves that in spite of our disappointment and hurt, God loves us and He cares for us. One of the verses that has become very precious to me this year is Psalm 31:7.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversity.
I love this verse because it reminds us that God knows our troubles – He knows what grieves and hurts us. And even more than that, He knows our soul intimately in our times of trouble. He hovers over us and wraps His arms around us when our lives are in turmoil and grief. He is near, He is love, and He is calling for us. I hope wherever you find yourself today, that you experience comfort, work to be a blessing to those around you, and look for the ordinary miracles that fill our world with joy.
Blessings to you,