"As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations"
I sometimes forget the beauty of creation. I read and hear much on conservation etc. But I forget the healing that creation provides us.
Daily I attend meetings with parents struggling with children of depression, anxiety, and simply stresses of life. And not just children adults as well.
Creation has been here millions of years before humans were created. It was given not only as a way of living and keep alive but to assist in our healing as well. We know that some plants have given much towards our actual healing life. For example the finding of digitalis from the plant we love in this case fox glove.
I have seen big tough men shed a tear when they encounter the Grand Canyon, and nothing about the boating on the Mongo River to give joy . A few summers ago I enjoyed white river rafting down the Pidgen River in TN.
I forget that creation is also my companion, my soul mate as well. It feeds me with joy, as well as the elements of oxygen and nutrients it provides for my plate.
I try to keep creation in a bud vase on my "holy" table. Daily it is with me when I do my daily devotions as long as the season permits. During the winter months I invited a arrangement on my coffee table. It provides an extra "boost" along side of my am tea.
More and more public parks and hospitals are having "healing" gardens in their domain. Studies have shown the relaxation these play in recovery of patients.
For me having creation close and personal is very much like cultivating a relationship. Matter of fact when I work with my clients I try to include creation. Perhaps a simple houseplant I explain to them the basics of raising a houseplant is very similar to that of keeping human relationships going. You have your basics. If you cannot do the basics(i.e. watering etc) that relationship that connection will die.
I need to daily examine this. What is my relationship with creation? Am I experiencing what Isaiah is saying in this scripture, justice and praise? How am I cultivating this relationship on my own? How am I keeping the world alive?