Growing towards the light

There is something absolutely marvelous about nature. It has the ability to bring comfort, wipe away tears, shorten the distance between heaven and earth, and teach us lessons. IMG_20141008_171538350A couple weeks ago I went on a beautiful fall hike. The colors were vibrant and despite the chill in the air my heart was warm, knowing the holidays are beginning. I had just read an amazing post by a friend, in which she let nature teach her important lessons. As I was hiking, I pondered on her post and then realized nature was teaching me something important right then.

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Trees changing their direction to grow up towards the light.

Trees almost always grow towards the light. No matter where they are planned, they reform and change their direction to point up. It seems they innately know the light gives them strength. The trees yearn to be bathed in light.

How often do I change my course so that I grow towards the light? Grow up to God and feel His love and strength? Often I look at my life and feel that my actions say: “I’m okay with where I am, I don’t need the light–I’ll grow sideways.” When really, don’t we all want to grow up in light; grow up straight? I believe there is a way to grow up and slowly correct our slant, year by year growing more perfectly in the light.

Trees grow up, despite where they were planted. They could be planted on the side of a slippery hill; they could be growing next to rocky ground. In essence, they could be planted in the “least desirable” plot of ground and they still do what is necessary to grow up.

How often do I look at the cards I am dealt and simply believe it is my fate? “I was born with a temper, so I just have one.” Or do I look at my circumstances as a beginning to my journey? It doesn’t matter where we started, how our home was growing up, the mistakes we used to make–we can be who we desire to be, and grow closer to God. Creating the best outcome with what we were given.

In my experience, sometimes it is the most humble of circumstances that lead to the most breathtaking outcomes. It seems the added difficulty to get to where we want to go further refines and beautifies us, in ways that are incomprehensible to me.

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Today I’m grateful for nature. I’m grateful for the beauty. I’m grateful God planted little lessons in the form of trees all around the world. I’m grateful it only takes going on an adventure to see the lessons.

How has nature taught you an unforgettable lesson? How do you enjoy spending time in nature? And How have you tried to make the best of your circumstances?

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13 thoughts on “Growing towards the light

  1. Oh, I love the looks of that trail up there. Is that a pic you took on your hike? Love these golden leaves! Flattered that you linked back to my post (you are one advanced new blogger!), and grateful to hear that my writing reached you. I love this idea of growing toward the light and how we are all geared to that. This is another one of your amazingly canny parallels between real life and nature. I’m quickly coming to count on these little insights of yours….you seem to have them quite often! Wonderful post (and I’m not just saying that either!) πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Torrie! Yes, I took the picture on my hike–it was stunningly beautiful up there. And I couldn’t help but link back to your post! It really did amaze me how you could teach a series of wonderful lessons, by looking at the nature that surrounded you–truly remarkable. And thank you for the sincere compliment–it means so much to me! I do love looking for the lessons around me. They seem to help me gain further understanding. πŸ™‚

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  2. Aww, such beautiful pictures and fitting words. “I’m grateful God planted little lessons in the form of trees … ” Once as a teenager I visited the Grand Canyon … and though I don’t remember the details, I remember feeling small. Like, how could this thing be SO enormous — how could something form all on its own? Nature is a powerful reminder that God is present and we are really so small in the scheme of things … so each day should be held with such gratitude and awe. Easier said than done, of course. πŸ™‚ This is such a LOVELY post, Marla. A perfect read for me today!

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  3. I love what you said, Kim! “Nature is a powerful reminder that God is present…”–SO true. It reminds me of a quote I love by Dieter Uchtdorf: “This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. ” I truly believe it too. Even though in the vastness of nature I sometimes feel small, it amazes me that God still hears my prayers, knows my heart, and is merciful. Nature is one of the best teachers. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Kim. I feel like your comments always add to my understanding! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, April. I don’t blame you at all. You are doing wonderful things and can understand that the exhaustion is kicking in. I am so glad that you found encouragement in the post! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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