The natural world around us is truly a gift! While many look to doctors and medication for relief from distress and anxiety, a simple walk out the door to behold the “Wild Glory” of creation brings comfort and peace.- "They looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared.” Exodus 16:10
In his autobiography, W. Phillip Keller, author of the popular A Shepherd Looks at Psalms 23, describes a troublesome period in his youth when he is separated from his family, his home, and even his God. Yet it was brief escapes into the wild that renewed his faith. He writes, “In the outdoor world my heavenly Father had supplied a sweet solace for a struggling soul like mine. There was healing for my inner hurts in the quietness of the woods and fields. There was a consolation for my spirit in the wild glory of grass and birds.”
When the phone rings off the hook and workplace stress builds, I too need some “wild glory.” And thankfully, the Creator sends it! Each year in late July, a Great Egret returns to the pond behind my office in Georgia. And right on schedule, I saw him out there fishing this week. Standing still and erect, his head cocked to peer into the shimmering water under his long legs, he slowly coils his long neck to finally unleash a quick thrust for a small minnow or larger bream.
The Egret's appearance isn’t just on schedule with the calendar, but on schedule with my need for some calming from this hectic life.What soothing, what peace can be achieved just by beholding the creation of God! The psychologists can keep their prescriptions. I’ll dose myself with Wild Glory!
Photo credits: William Wise.
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