Lessons From Nature

Lessons From Nature

God teaches us some amazing lessons from nature. Lesson one is to bloom no matter where you are planted.

This tiny but absolutely stunning flower is found in one of the harshest climates in the world. On the side of Mt. Evans in Colorado well above the tree line this flower appears to be joyful. Look at the soil, or lack thereof, it consists of tiny rocks. The climate is frigid most of the year (On this day in late May the temperature was in the 20s and it was snowing 20 minutes later at the top of the mountain.) and the wind whips almost all of the time. My wife and I were complaining about our experience on this mountain and yet this flower looks happy to be alive.

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Also on the side of Mt. Evans in Colorado, is this majestic bristlecone pine. It too is thriving in this tough environment at one of the highest elevations for a tree to live on planet earth. Its shape is deformed by the constant wind and yet it too has stood up to the challenges of its environment for decades and maybe centuries. One bristlecone pine nearby is thought to be 1700 years old.

 

Lessons from Nature:

Are you willing to bloom wherever God has planted you like the flower above? Even if you have to endure hardships for years like the bristlecone pine?

I too often complain about going hungry for a few hours or not receiving the respect I think I am owed from someone. Or far too often we wave our anger at God for not getting a promotion or not having the latest electronic gadget.

James 1:2-4 (NLT) reads:

When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

While I am not a botanist, it appears the flower and the bristlecone pine have something to teach us. They are lessons from nature in that they have, and continue to, endured. Their endurance has made them “grow” and become “fully developed”. Like the verses, I would even venture to say their hardship has caused them to bloom and blossom.

We too often complain about our circumstances, when we instead should be thankful for the opportunity to grow and bloom. Next time we find ourselves in adversity — be joyful!

Robert Lee for INvigorate Blog, robertLEEarchitects, April 4, 2014

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