The Earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belongs to him. Psalm 24:1 NLT
Yesterday, we started a road trip with a starting point from North Texas to our destination of Georgia. As we crossed the state lines into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, the highway divided a great forest of trees ranging from extremely tall (100 feet) with thin trunks standing like soldiers, to plump magnolia’s bursting with fragrant blossoms, and a vast array of evergreens with branches extended to create a lush, breathtaking woodland.
When God created the earth, every flower, herb, and tree had its purpose; to provide all the resources that humanity required to sustain life. We were given trees, and vines bursting with a delicious variety of fruit; herbs that could be eaten for food or used for medicinal purposes; an endless bouquet of flowers; green grass to clothe the ground beneath our feet; clouds that contrasted the blue skies; and the sun, moon, and stars for light. God created a world in six days that even he was pleased with.
As I pondered on the splendor of nature, and the contrast of the hustle of city life, I realize that one of the underlying reasons for many emotional instabilities such as anxiety, depression, and restlessness are due to the stressors of an unhealthy environment.
My childhood in the Northeast came to an abrupt halt when we relocated from New Jersey to the expansive metropolitan area of Houston, Texas. Eventually, I moved to a smaller rural town with a serene atmosphere in Upstate New York. After a couple of years, I became bored and began to desire the fast life again, and in a moment of spontaneity, I moved again, returning to the rapid pace of city life. Fast paced, industrialized, and overcrowded cities bombarded with high levels of noise pollution was certainly not part of the original plan that God has for us.
Believe it or not, I learned a valuable lesson…my desire for a return to the natural way of living is firmly established…and I am in active pursuit of following God’s original plan for our lives. I am determined to rid myself of the obstacles that prevent me from moving forward to the reality of waking up to singing birds, breathing in unpolluted air, wildflowers, and looking upward to view the leafy tops of the soldiers in the woods.
Prayer for today: Dear God, As we make changes to our lifestyle, we ask for your blessing. We desire to live as you have originally planned for us. We pray for knowledge and wisdom to use the resources to live a better life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz