Albert Einstein, the renowned American physicist whose theories of relativity changed our thinking on the nature of time and space, stated, "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." (He was a genius and won a Nobel Prize, but he also was dyslexic and failed at traditional schooling in the early years.) This focuses one of the problems of the current age. We have no time to listen nor to be in nature. Professor Einstein died in 1955, but I often wonder what he would say now when most of our "spare" time is spent in front of an iPad or iPhone or desktop computer. When we are away from those devices, we will have the television on or the radio playing. There is very little time spent alone, thinking, in nature.
I personally believe that God wants to speak to us, not verbally, but in our thoughts, impressions, circumstances, and in nature, including the peace He gives us. If we do not spend time alone, without digital device, television and radio, how will we ever hear Him? Oswald Chambers, the author of the beloved and famous book, My Utmost For His Highest, states that "our part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals to [us]." It would be interesting to conduct a personal survey to determine how many minutes of each of our days are spent alone, "walking in the light," without any interference of sound from a device. We do not even have to tell anyone that we are conducting our own personal survey.
The Bible gives much instruction in this. Here is one of my favorites, "This is what The Lord says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.' "Jeremiah 6:16. Taking time in nature helps this process along. It allows us the time and the space to hear what we need to hear from Him; to live the full lives that God intends. It seems that Albert Einstein knew a thing or two.
Article by: Marti Starkey
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