Therefore, My Heart Is Glad!
"Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike" said America's conservationist John Muir.
At least once a year our family escapes to the North Carolina Mountains. It's a special place for me, it's where I went to college and Jesus Christ became real. I've often arrived weary and left feeling full. It's hard to hide my children's enthusiasm, especially my youngest, when they visit "Tweetsie Railroad" and see Thomas the Train! Click here to see their reaction.
Observing the surrounding beauty there is an unspoken reward of a glimpse of God's Glory. His fingerprints are all over His creation, beauty we can see and observe wearing God's features, traces left by His hands.
As C.S. Lewis rightly said, there is desire to be "united to God's beauty, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to become a part of it." I believe nature, the secondary beauty points us to the Primary, Ultimate and Eternal Beauty....it directs us to God, the Creator of the Universe.
King David's words certainly ring true with me, "Therefore my heart is glad, my soul is full of joy. My body also will rest without fear." Psalm 16:9