The Simple Beauty of God
Finally deciding to take some time off, my husband and I left the work, study, and writing behind for a few days to relax away the stress of our overly occupied daily life; not having taken any time off for a couple of years, it was truly a gift from God to get away.
We visited Vancouver Island, still close enough to where we live so that travel did not take long; but still far enough away to get away from the big city of Vancouver and its suburbs. We settled down for a couple of days in the small town of Duncan, BC. Both of us loving nature, we left the over packed fast paced area and explored the simple life. It was a wonderful trip, and God’s great creations were around us everywhere we went; wild animals, beautiful lakes, dense packed forests, and isolated beaches free from human bombardments designated private property.
For those reading this that live in less populated areas, you may not understand the freedom we experienced in the small town; there were no tall sky scrapers, no smog, no endless driving times–to move a couple of blocks—, and no intrusion or anger of too many people being in one place.
For those that live in an area such as I inhabit, maybe you will understand and I hope you can envision the peace of being in a place where the beauty of God’s creation can be seen all around you.
Fields of heavy brush and trees, beautiful flowers, naturally growing within them, gave such a feeling of peacefulness.
The warm sun, and gently wind made the dense populated forests appealing and not fearful; although I kept my puppy close because I was not sure what lay beyond our view. We did see wildlife, but none threatening or fearful, but I am sure they were there; however, climbing goats, elk, dear, otters, and others that inhabiting the wooded and watery areas area showed themselves to us.
Matthew 6:28-29 (KJV) says, “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” I have found that the beauty of God’s creation is all over, even in the heavily populated areas, if we take time to look for it; but in the forests, untouched by man, it is most exceptional.
Beyond the concrete jungle lies magnificent evidence of God’s ability to supply goodness and love to all of his creations. Just as in these lovely flowers, God creates beauty in us all, if we allow him. He provides for all of our needs and desires if we depend upon him; and remember, he only leads us to the best so that nothing will hurt or harm us.
His caring nature, as he takes care of the smallest plant, makes sure that all of our needs are taken care of, even when it seems we are on the verge of disaster and no good from the occasion seems possible. Ephesians 3:19-20 (KJV) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
Surrounding the area, tall mountains, reaching so high into the sky, snow covered some of their tops, and waterfalls of white rapid water pouring from holes in the rock created a majestic appearance. Not having time, proper clothing, and equipment to trek up them, we spent time admiring their beauty from the distance. From our room, the view of Cowichan Bay was magnificent. The bright sun in the horizon, casted a soft glow over the slow moving, peaceful waters; small crab skittering along the beach and playful otters coming up to sun upon the land, created a healing effect as I watched them. The comfort of the Holy Spirit helped me wash away the pains from 2015.
The trip, another one of his subtle ways of encouraging me, solicited a peace within me, strengthening me for another period of life coming towards me in 2016. The mountains surrounding the area reminded me of the words of Jesus. Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Jesus told me, if I have small faith, I could move something as large as these mountains; not that I have tried to physically move a mountain by my faith; but with God I know all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 (KJV) told me… “Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” I have no need to move a physical mountain, but I do have a need to move the mountains in my own life.
God, true to his word has moved obstacles in my way, assisting me to press on even in difficult times; allowing me to witness truthfully and confess that my faith in Him, and his goodness has proved to be invaluable. Although your mountains might not be a big as these are, remember, none are too small or big for Him.
Below are more pictures I took, reminders to me of God’s glory and creation. I hope you enjoy them and remember that he is there to help you in every situation you find yourself in; giving comfort even when it seems none is coming.
The Simple Beauty of God