The Healing Magic of Nature

Two nights of disturbed sleep, and a temporary increase of responsibilities in my caretaking, meals to plan for and prepare, plus cleaning up afterwards, not to mention general house cleaning, made it a bit difficult to find a time to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store for my mom, pick up her meds, mail a package, and drop by the phone store to clear up questions regarding my new phone, left me feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Asking for help has never been easy for me, but asking my best friend for prayer support is. When the moment came, I donned my walking shoes and retreated to a solitary spot on a trail by our house. Sitting down in the chair placed there for such occasions, I spent a few moments in prayer. Then I called my friend and sought her prayers. She suggested I ask for help and named someone I could ask. So, I did as she suggested.

As I waited for the response from the person I had called, I resumed my therapeutical walk. God had designed a picture perfect autumn day. A cornflower blue sky formed the backdrop of a variety of trees each in their own stage of autumness. It was exhilarating capturing many of these scenes on my phone. Leaves were spiraling down all around me. An idea came to me to try and catch one before it landed on the ground. A few failed attempts then I succeeded!

As I resumed my stroll, I pondered on a much used verse of late:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Psalm 32:8 ESV

Before I knew it, my heaviness of heart became lighter. The healing affect of the splendid autumn day had done it’s magic, along with the granting of my request for help. God had given me the promised counsel and the motivation to carry on.

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