This morning I was determined to reduce my anxiety by getting to work early and ticking some things off my to do list. About ten minutes into my work, my husband Reis led me from my computer to our front garden. The leaves and grass were covered in the most delicate icicles. To think I would have missed this stunning scene of nature had I continued working to try to ease my worries! Despite needing a push from my husband to see it, God used nature to relax me and bring to my mind that it is Him who provides true freedom from worry.
The beauty of this winter morning made me feel at ease. My sigh of relief was visible in the cold air as I admired the small formations of ice on the raspberry bush (picture immediately above) and the strawberry leaves (picture immediately below).
The artistry of his creation soothed me and reminded me that by his undeserving grace through Christ, I do not need to ‘work hard’ on my to do list to reduce my worries, I just need to sit at his feet and pray (see my notes on Philippians 4:6-7 here) , with an expectant heart that the rest will follow. He will meet all my needs and sometimes I just need to sit still, relax and know that I am loved by the creator of the earth.
He also humbled me as I’d been whinging all week about Canberra’s cold grey weather and how unmotivating it was to walk or run in the cold. Now I’m excited to walk each morning and see more of this frost as I give my worries to God with a positive, expectant heart.
And all this came from me taking some time to notice some small icicles on a -4 degree morning. Isn’t it beautiful the way God can pursue and change our hearts when we notice the beauty of his creation? So don’t hesitate to enjoy the gift of nature, seeking God before you start your day. It’s likely it will put your heart at ease, making you far more productive!