Relieve Holiday Stress in God’s Eden

A distant view of Angel Falls before we walked out on the rocks
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; (Gen. 2: 8-10)
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
In this crazy season, we need to find a Garden of Eden–a place where we discover peace and the wonders of God.
For my friends and me, hiking the Smoky Mountains or the Big South Fork bring us to God’s doorstep.
My hiking buddies love the little things–the smallest of wildflowers, a “face” in a rock or a funny shaped shelf fungus.
I’m a big picture, sweeping vista sort of gal. Perched on a rock face with a bird’s-eye view of vast valleys or tumbling water is as close to heaven as I’ll get in this lifetime. Top it off with the sun on my skin and wind ruffling my clothing, I feel God.
Take a chance. Climb out on the rocks and see what God has done
God created a perfect world–in the beginning.
Man messed it up with sin. Not only do we destroy our habitat with our destruction of one another, but the material lust, best exemplified during Christmas.
Take time, both in this season, and in life, and find the world God created for us to love and enjoy. It doesn’t have to be in the grandest of mountains or the vastest of beaches. It can be on your front porch, snow-shoeing through the Adirondacks, a walk through an arboretum or along a boardwalk.
Find your Garden of Eden
God created healing in nature.
Take a moment. Explore. Feel God in the brush of wind on your cheek, the nip of cold on your nose, the fragrance of frost and woodsmoke.
Where is it that you find God in nature?

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  1. Cynthia, thank you. It always seems when I wonder if I'm hearing God, someone shows up and reassures me.

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  3. Lovely post, Carol. And so true…

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