Can we hear wisdom from mountains?
In September Bill and I took a wonderful trip to six national parks. Three in the US (Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier) and three in Canada (Waterton, Banff, and Jasper). Yes, all awe-inspiring and beyond words in creative beauty.
I picked up this card in a gift store in the Tetons and thought it would be fun to find one in each of the coming parks. BUT this one was the only one I found.
Bill and I then decided we would listen quietly to each place to hear its wisdom. God teaches us so many lessons in nature when we pay attention.
“Believe one who knows: you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” Saint Bernard de Clairvaux
Here is some insights from God’s imagination and creativity:
Grand Tetons Wisdom (from the gift store)
Savor life’s peak experiences.
Slow down and meander.
Beauty slowly emerges.
There is enough room in the world for all the diverse beauty.
After the fire, rebirth.
Listen to the stories of our ancestors – our roots.
Pay attention and you will be surprised.
God must love rocks and the color brown.
Don’t let smoke distort your view.
Do it anyway – Take the risk – ride the gondola. Savor the view.
The clouds will lift eventually.
The crown of the Rockies – Native Americans consider the whole range the backbone of the world.
Never stop exploring.
What an adventure God gives us in life if we only take that one step to taste his Goodness.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks”
– John Muir
What is nature teaching you?
Linda Stoll says
mmm … all creation sings His praise. I travel vicariously through your experiences and writings, friend!
Jean Wise says
Glad you can join me on my travels. I have been blessed with many beautiful vacations this year but am ready to stay home for awhile. Home is great.
Lisa notes says
I think we could be good traveling companions, Jean! Your trips sound right up my and Jeff’s alley too. 🙂 I’ve never been to any national parks in Canada. Maybe we’ll get to that one day ourselves… Thanks for sharing so much wisdom with us.
Martha J Orlando says
How your reflection here suits my current journey, Jean! I didn’t say outright in my latest blog, but Danny and I are on a long trip to reconnect with family and will encounter so many glorious scenes of autumn in God’s creation along the way. We will be blessed in ways that we can’t even yet know.
Jean Wise says
enjoy your trip and listen for wisdom. Bill and I really enjoyed doing this together. Yes you will be blessed!
Nancy Ruegg says
I LOVE that you sought wisdom from each of the places you visited. What a delightful exercise to engage the spirit more fully in your experiences. I’m blog-responding on the deck this afternoon, reveling in the cool, crisp air of October. One tree in the strip of woods behind our house sends showers of flashing yellow leaves to the ground every time a brisk breeze blows. They twirl as they fall, catching the light, and I never get tired of their dance. As for the wisdom to glean from this phenomenon, perhaps they provide a visual in letting go and discovering beauty while riding in faith on the wings of the Spirit.
And I LOVE that you found wisdom right in your own back yard. What a lesson!